Countering the Effects of Surveillance and Distrust

Fatima Ashraf and her husband Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, with their sons Ismael (at left) and Yousef (Photo courtesy of Fatima Ashraf)

Fatima Ashraf and her husband Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, with their sons Ismael (at left) and Yousef. (Photo courtesy of Fatima Ashraf)

For years the NYPD conducted a secret program of surveillance of the Muslim community in New York, and despite the announcement of its disbandment last year, Muslims in the area continue to be distrustful of the police and worried about being targets of harassment and worse.

Ali Najmi of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York (Photo by Reem Nasr for Voices of NY)

Ali Najmi of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York (Photo by Reem Nasr for Voices of NY)

Reem Nasr spoke with the mother of two young sons about how she and her husband teach them to “know their rights” and endeavor to protect them from harm, as well as to a former police officer and a political activist in New York’s Muslim community about countering the damaging effects of surveillance and mistrust.

Listen to her report below.

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