Harassed Hajis Asked to Contact MPAC
By Edina Lekovic

With an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 American Muslims returning from hajj this week, the Muslim Public Affairs Council announced a telephone hotline to assist individuals who are harassed and/or detained by customs officials as they re-enter the US. Call MPAC's Hate Crimes Hotline at (800) 898-3558 if you or someone you know has been subjected to harassment upon returning from Hajj.

Hajj returnees who experience harassment and/or detention are advised to document 1) the officer's name, 2) officer's badge number, 3) officer's agency - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and 4) the nature of the harassment. *Edina Lekovic is the Communications Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

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