Muflehun joined ICRD and PAIMAN Alumni Trust in Pakistan to teach a week-long training workshop for women leaders and teachers at womens’ madrassas on preventing radicalization and violent extremism. With participants representing four major cities from different provinces, each team designed their own local, customized and contextualized implementation plan based on their learnings from the workshop.
The Huffington Post publishes Humera Khan’s perspective on social isolation and violent extremism.
In March 2015 Executive Director Humera Khan was invited by the US Embassy in Amman to run workshops, training and briefings, in conjunction with the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Ministry of Interior, for senior government officials, law enforcement, male and female preachers, youth, universities and think tanks in Amman, Zarqa and Ajloun.
The workshops with preachers and youth focused on CVE awareness, skills to build narratives to counter ISIS ideology, youth identity and the use of social media to counter violent extremism. The events with government officials, universities and think tanks laid out CVE frameworks for designing national and local CVE strategies. The briefings with law enforcement focused on good practices for prisoner rehabilitation.
Over 300 people participated in the multiple events held over two weeks.
Muflehun launched a new “Fiqh or Fiqhtion?” interactive workshop series for youth at Muslim Spring Camp, attended by 120 youth from four of the largest mosques in the DC metro area.
This interactive session with 13-18 year old attendees was aimed at helping youth differentiate between extremist ideologies and mainstream religious teaching through Q/A and dialogue.
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The Department of Justice, Community Relations Service and Connecting Cultures launched a new updated cultural professionalism training entitled, “Improving Cultural Competence: Engaging and Building Relations With American Muslims” with content input and support from Muflehun Executive Director Humera Khan.
The new training is aimed at law enforcement officers, educators, and community leaders to dispel the misperceptions around American Muslims and to effectively engage with them. It has already been presented to 100 US Attorneys around the country.
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Washington, DC | www.muflehun.org | February 15, 2012 – In a continuing effort to address concerns related to inflammatory training material, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently met with community and interfaith organizations to provide an update on steps taken by the agency to rectify the matter. On Wednesday, February 8, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Arab American Institute (AAI), Interfaith Alliance, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muflehun, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), and the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign had an opportunity to discuss the matter with the Public Affairs Office of the FBI. Director Robert Mueller joined the meeting to discuss these matters with the representatives from the organizations.
The conversation with Director Mueller centered on material used by the agency that depicts falsehoods and negative connotations of the Muslim American community. The use of the material was first uncovered by Wired Magazine in an article published on September 14, 2011. Director Mueller informed the participants that the FBI took the review of the training material very seriously, and he pursued the matter with urgency to ensure that this does not occur again in the future.
Humera Khan, Executive Director at Muflehun, stated, “We appreciate Director Mueller and the FBI’s commitment to addressing the serious issue of discriminatory training materials. The new touchstone guidelines to shape future trainings are welcome and will help in rebuilding trust with the American Muslim community.”
The Director also informed participants that to date, nearly all related FBI training materials, including more than 160,000 pages of documents, were reviewed by subject matter experts multiple times. Consequently more than 700 documents and 300 presentations of material have been deemed unusable by the Bureau and pulled from the training curriculum. Material was pulled from the curriculum if even one component was deemed to 1) include factual errors, 2) be in poor taste, 3) be stereotypical, or 4) lack precision.
The meeting also provided an opportunity to share with Director Mueller other matters of concern to community members. Issues related to privacy, including the surveillance of mosques, were discussed. It was clear to all meeting participants that the issue of trust between community members and the FBI needs to be taken seriously by all of our nation’s decision-makers. It was also evident that the Bureau must strengthen its efforts to build trust. The Director has testified before Congress about the invaluable contribution that the Muslim community makes to our nation’s security, noting a recent bomb plot in Tampa, FL that was foiled thanks to a joint effort by the FBI and the local Muslim community.
The changes proposed by the FBI to the training modules are a welcomed first step in ensuring that such a mistake does not occur again in the future. The group asked the FBI Director to issue a formal statement on this matter acknowledging the negative impact of these training materials on the Muslim community. Representatives from the community and interfaith organizations also stressed the importance of transparency by the Bureau in dealing with these matters, and suggested that a committee of community leaders and experts be assembled to review training material issued by the FBI. Meeting participants requested that the training process be open and transparent moving forward and requested future meetings with Director Mueller to continue the conversation.