Increasingly, global threats and domestic political rhetoric are fueling misguided fear, discrimination, and violence against American Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians. In recent weeks, we have witnessed hostile graffiti, armed intimidation, and physical attacks. With a high concentration of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian residents, the New York region's response to this crisis will be a bellwether for the rest of the country.
On February 2, the Ford Foundation in partnership with the New York Community Trust, New York Foundation, and Philanthropy New York hosted leaders in the nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors to discuss major issues impacting these communities and strategies to respond to this backlash.
Imam Khalid Latif, chaplain for the NYPD, offers his perspective on multi-faith and cross-cultural collaboration.
Understanding the Community
Confronting Islamophobia requires understanding the demographics, trends, and issues impacting Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities at the national and local levels.
Shawn Morehead, Senior Program Officer at the New York Community Trust
Joseph Salvo, Director of the Population Division at the New York City Department of City Planning
Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center
A Conversation with Leaders
Local and national leaders reflect on the strategies, challenges, and partnerships in addressing Islamophobia in the US.
Farhana Khera, Executive Director of Muslim Advocates
Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab Association of New York
Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center
Imam Talib 'Abdur-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
Imam Souleimane Konaté of the Masjid Aqsa Mosque
The Public Response
Government officials discuss how New York City has worked to foster inclusion and protect the rights of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian immigrant communities across the city.
Shireen Zaman, Security & Rights Collaborative Director at the Proteus Fund
Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Jorge I. Montalvo, Director of the New York State Office of New Americans
Sarah Sayeed, Senior Advisor at the Office of the Mayor of New York City
Addressing the Social Service Needs
Local organizations and community leaders discuss the importance of comprehensive and holistic responses that take into account the needs of families, women, and children, as well as the community at large.
Afreen Alam, Executive Director, Chhaya CDC
Lena Alhusseini, Executive Director, Arab-American Family Support Center
Robina Niaz, Executive Director, Turning Point for Women and Families