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October 1, 2013 – In response to today’s hearing in Handschu v. Special Services Division, Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights provide the following joint statement:

Today the federal district court in Manhattan required the New York City Police Department to defend its Muslim spying program at a hearing lasting several hours. As an overwhelming amount of evidence and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting by the AP make clear, the program targets innocent American Muslims based on nothing more than their faith. Not only does the Department spy on thousands of innocent people and cause real harm in American Muslim communities, but it also acknowledges that the program has not produced a single lead to criminal activity.

Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights are counsel in Hassan v. City of New York, a constitutional challenge to the NYPD’s religious profiling program pending in the federal district court in New Jersey.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.