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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 1, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY-- U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez to Observe End of Ramadan with Muslim Community at Islamic Center of New Mexico

ALBUQUEQUE – The U.S. Department of Justice has placed a priority on prosecuting bias crimes and incidents of discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs, and other persons of Arab descent, as well as persons perceived to be members of these groups.  It also is engaging in extensive outreach efforts to educate these communities about their rights.  U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, President Abbas Akhil of the Islamic Center of New Mexico (ICNM), and Ahmad Assed, ICNM Legal Advisor and Member of the ICNM’s Shura Advisory Council, will be available to address the media at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Islamic Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., as part of the Justice Department’s outreach efforts.

They will be joined by representatives of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  This media opportunity will take place shortly before the breaking of the fast for the day and marks the last few days before the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

WHO:                        

U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez

Abbas Akhil, President of the Islamic Center of New Mexico

Ahmad Assed, ICNM Legal Advisor & Member of Shura Advisory Council

WHAT:          

Media Opportunity before Ramadan Observation

WHEN:          

Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

 WHERE:       

Islamic Center of New Mexico

1100 Yale Blvd. SE

Albuquerque, N.M.

OPEN PRESS

 NOTE:  All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials.  Media outlets who wish to participate in this media opportunity should notify the U.S. Attorney’s Office at USANM-PAO@usdoj.gov by 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

Topic(s): 
Community Outreach
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Updated July 5, 2016