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Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter (CAIR-LA)

 2180 W. Crescent Ave., Ste. F
 Anaheim, CA 92801
[P] (714) 776-1847
[F] (714) 776-8340
[email protected]
Mostafa Mahboob
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Organization DBA CAIR-LA
Immigrants' Rights Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 77-0411194 --


Mission StatementMORE »

To enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

Mission Statement

To enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $2,447,100.00
Projected Revenue $2,473,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Civil Rights Work
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Immigrants' Rights Center
  • Advocacy

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Mission Statement

To enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

Background Statement

Representing the half-million American Muslims who reside in Orange, Los Angeles and surrounding counties, the Greater Los Angeles Area office (CAIR-LA) is one of the oldest and largest CAIR offices in the country. The CAIR-LA branch was organized in 1996 by a group of dedicated volunteers in Southern California who saw a need for a unique kind of Muslim organization – an organization that would work to uphold civil rights of American Muslims, foster a better understanding of the Islamic faith and its followers, and help find avenues for American Muslims to integrate more fully into a healthy democracy and broader society.
Since its founding, CAIR-LA has been at the forefront of the fight against Islamophobia, exposing bigotry and the lack of integrity of elected officials and media outlets. The expansion and growth of Southern California CAIR began with only a handful of volunteers and has grown into one of the most active CAIR offices in the nation. We have stood up for America’s principles of democracy, freedom and justice, provided an uncompromising voice to uphold the Constitution, and have followed, and will lead, the honored tradition of great leaders and communities who have contributed to this beautiful democratic landscape.
Today, CAIR-LA is a household name among Southland Muslims, and a reliable resource and partner for media, public officials, and policymakers. With the help of indispensable partners and allies, CAIR-LA expanded its civil rights work and became a stalwart defender of Muslim Americans’ First Amendment rights to freedom of worship and freedom of expression, producing public service announcements, starting an innovative national library project, conducting thousands of media interviews and lectures, challenging negative depictions of Islam and Muslims in film and media, and resolving hundreds of civil rights complaints from community members on an annual basis.
CAIR-LA has become well-known as an organization structured to protect and support the civil liberties of American Muslims. Even beyond its mandate to advocate for Muslim Americans, CAIR-LA has established a reputation as an advocate for any group or individual whose civil rights are in jeopardy partnering with local minority and legal aid organizations. The establishment of CAIR-LA has helped to grow a stronger culture of engagement and activism among American Muslims as well as created a space from which Muslims may claim their rightful place within the national fabric of America.

Impact Statement

Our CAIR chapter in SoCal is one of the oldest and largest chapters across the country. Back in 1996, a group of dedicated volunteers in Southern California saw a need for a unique kind of Muslim organization – an organization that would work to uphold civil rights of American Muslims, foster a better understanding of the Islamic faith and its followers, and help find avenues for Muslims to integrate more fully into the broader society.
CAIR-LA's growth continued has continued, delivering the following results:
  • The expansion of CAIR- LA’s Immigrants’ Rights Center, enabling us to offer high-quality, low-cost and pro-bono immigration services to individuals otherwise unable to obtain legal assistance.  
  • Muslim Gamechangers Network (MGN), a four- month social justice training program equipping high school students with the tools necessary to contextualize and effectively challenge injustice and build legacies of positive change in their communities. Currently in its fourth cohort.
  • Other achievements include the 7th annual Muslim Day at the Capitol (which brought more than 700 people to Sacramento), completing our 13th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program, and conducting our School Bullying survey, which analyzes the high-rate of bullying faced by Muslim students in California public schools.
This year, as we look to maintain the growth of our programs, CAIR-LA is dedicated to providing the services needed by the community to safeguard the constitutional rights endowed to all Americans. Some major goals for the upcoming year include: civil rights and immigration legal support; diversification of our income streams (including the increase of our grant funding);  expanding our civic engagement and advocacy work; and completing our next 5 year strategic plan (which includes succession planning).

Needs Statement

CAIR-Los Angeles has, moreover, become a household name among Southland Muslims, and a reliable resource and partner for media, public officials and policymakers, advocacy groups, and the interfaith and progressive communities.
As the community has grown, so have the needs of our organization to be able to provide the services needed in protecting civil liberties and advocating for justice and mutual understanding.
Some of the major needs for CAIR-LA include:
  • Civil Rights and Immigration Services - To respond to the urgent need of the community in the current climate
  • Communications Dept. Upgrade - This includes building capacity and strategically develop the department to meet the growing needs of CAIR. In addition, a website, email, social media, and crowdsourcing specialist as well as a writer who can help in content development for the numerous projects.
  • Hiring a Community Organizer - Allowing us to consistently and effectively capitalize on the mainly untaped potential of our community who can be active participants in civic engagement efforts.
  • Technology Upgrade - Improved software to run alumni network for Youth and other programs, such as Legal and Public Affairs.


CEO Statement


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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donate online: donations: 714-776-1847Mail a donation: 2180 W. Crescent Ave. Suite F Anaheim, CA 92801  Internship & Volunteer Opportunities:

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Southern California

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Liberties
  2. Education -
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Alliances & Advocacy



Civil Rights Work

CAIR - LA's Civil Rights Department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. The department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.
The civil rights department provides direct legal services on civil rights and civil liberties issues, trains and mentors law students through its legal clerkship program, produces annual reports on the status of civil rights of California Muslims, and produces a bi-annual bullying report on the experiences of Muslim youth in California schools.  
Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Minorities Asia Middle Easterner Heritage
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success in the direct services department is successfully advocating for a client’s right, it may be achieving a religious accommodation at work, making sure they no longer endure airport profiling, or filing a discrimination complaint on their behalf. Success in our law clerkship program is measured by how many clerks we enroll and how many come as a referral from a former clerk. A decreasing number of students complaining about problems in school relating to discrimination or bullying would also be a success.
Program Long-Term Success  In the long term, the civil rights department would change discriminatory policy through successful litigation. Providing Know Your Rights workshops to educate the community on their rights and how to become better advocates for themselves. The law clerkship program would be filled to capacity each term (4 positions/term). The report on Muslim youth will empower parents to assert claims of bias in the classroom, or school bullying and advocate for themselves or with assistance and require schools to respond.
Program Success Monitored By  We provide feedback surveys to our direct services clients after closing their case to determine if they were satisfied with their services. Know Your Rights programs are measured by the number of attendees. We have final evaluations with clerks to discuss their term. Success in producing a good report on the experiences of Muslim students would be contingent on successfully administering the Muslim Youth at School survey to as wide a variety of participants as possible and at least 1000 students.
Examples of Program Success  Every year the direct legal services department handles an increasing number of cases through effective outreach, such as Know Your Rights workshops, Intake days, and expansion of legal services to high-demand areas. More than 500 case intakes were completed in the last year. 

Youth Empowerment

CAIR has always believed that in order to secure a brighter future for our communities, investments must be made in providing our youth with the tools to become the leaders of tomorrow. Through its programs, CAIR aims to equip youth with the proper training and support to become agents of positive change. Our main programs include: Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP); Muslim Gamechangers Network (MGN); and the Bridging Communities Program (BCP).
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Minorities Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage Middle Easterner Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
For MYLP, participants will gain an understanding of the state legislative process and  tools to advocate on behalf of their communities including media, legislative advocacy and community organizing. Participants will walk away with a stronger network of young Muslim leaders and community servants with whom they will continue working with for the upliftment of the broader community.
For MGN, youth participants have a better understanding of their identity and experiences and how their experiences connect to those of the larger Muslim American community and other communities. Muslim youth also have hands-on experience organizing local issue campaigns to promote improvement for their local communities.
For BCP, Muslim youth participants have a better understanding of their identity and experiences and how their experiences connect to those of other communities. They would also have hands-on experience organizing local issue campaigns to promote improvement for their local communities.
Program Long-Term Success 
Muslim youth will be agents for increasing civic engagement in the broader Muslim community. They will enter into the fields of advocacy, community organizing, and public service in greater numbers or will continue to be civically engaged outside of their professional careers.
-Muslims know how to organize their community
-Muslims work in coalition with other communities of color and marginalized communities; they employ an intersectional analysis to understand and advocate on their issues and can actualize their role as allies
-Muslims have practical tools to push local and statewide policy change
Program Success Monitored By 
For MYLP, we conduct in-depth surveys and focus groups with participants which monitor the attainment of the program’s short-term goals and learning objectives. MYLP has a strong and active alumni network, providing feedback for the program and updates on their continued involvement in the community. We also conduct alumni surveys and are in the process of monitoring continued engagement in public service and advocacy for the Muslim community among our alumni network.
For MGN and BCP, success monitoring methods include: 
-Individual session surveys
-Program evaluation
-Alumni focus groups; contact sustained through alumni network and local organizing committees that are established after the educational component of the program.
Examples of Program Success 
Sadia Saifudeen, an MYLP alumna inspired by our program, became actively engaged in her student government representing Muslim students and other marginalized student communities. She went on to become the first Muslim UC Student Regent. 3 of the past 5 presidents of Muslim Students Association West have been MYLP alumni, actively promoting social justice and advocacy on domestic and international issues. [MYLP Testimonial Video:] 
Muslim students who participated in our first program at the Islamic Center of Irvine in 2014 helped mobilize over 3000 local Muslim voters to help pass Proposition 47 which reduced criminal charges for petty crimes and re-channeled funding into rehabilitation, education, and public services.
Bridging Communities alumni led a cross-community townhalls/teach-in in the LA area for organizing around Proposition 47. High school alumni have helped replicate the program on a college level.

Immigrants' Rights Center

CAIR-LA's Immigrants' Rights Center (IRC) seeks to empower non-citizens by helping them achieve independence, security, and the opportunity to fully participate in American society. The center provides high-quality, low-cost or pro bono services to individuals otherwise unable to obtain legal assistance. IRC has been active in response to the Muslim Ban since it was first announced.
Our clients include individuals who seek asylum, legal permanent residency, citizenship or reunification with their families as well as victims of human trafficking, serious crimes and domestic violence.
Budget  $225,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Middle Easterner Heritage Asia
Program Short-Term Success 
• Received BIA recognition, which will allow the center to build infrastructure and capacity, allowing for greater reach of needed services to community members at decreased cost.
• Expand legal services. 
• Hold a minimum of ten information sessions to community members in immigration areas such as naturalization and admin relief.
Program Long-Term Success 
• Provide community outreach and education on immigration issues.
• Empower non-citizens by helping them achieve independence, security, and the opportunity to fully participate in American society.
• Assist clients in identifying the best form of immigration relief for their needs and provide legal services.
• Fraud prevention.
• Provide information, options, and referrals for additional social services.
Program Success Monitored By 
• Review of annual goals and analysis of whether the goals were achieved.
• Achievement of deliverables for specific grants.
• Tracking of intakes, cases, and case results. (Comparison of statistics to previous years and current/future goals.)
Examples of Program Success 
The IRC had more than 1,000 intakes in 2017, doubled the amount from the previous year.  
The center held a number of information sessions providing information to community members on the naturalization process. 


The Advocacy Department, in addition to policy advocacy and government and community relations work, produces programs to increase civic engagement amongst the Muslim community of Southern California. These programs include community forums on hot button topics, contemporary issues, voter registration drives, candidate forums, producing voter guides and organizing capitol lobby days.
The Advocacy Dept. looks to empower the comunity further through community and youth organizers and advocate for braod community participation in the 2020 Census.
One example of our program is the Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC). This annual event held in Sacramento every spring brings California Muslims together for briefings on our legislative priorities, followed by a day of appointments with state representatives and senators. In those meetings, participants have the unique opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to education, immigration, healthcare and civil rights with their legislators and in turn, lobby for positive social change.
Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Ethnic Groups' Rights & Racial Equality
Population Served Minorities Asia Middle Easterner Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
The short term goals of our programs and events are to inspire action or cause a shift in our participants views of a particular topic. Examples include; registering to vote and voting, following up on action alerts, and supporting CAIR in its policy priorities.
For our MDAC project, participants will advocate, both on the day of and after the event, on state bills related to privacy, safeguarding our immigrant communities, and law enforcement accountability. After the program organizers will regularly update participants on the status of bills as they move through various committees, and send out actions alerts to call or visit lawmakers as needed. Short-term impact will be 300 added voices to pass bills of concern to many communities.
Program Long-Term Success 
Our long term impact goal is to create a culture of civic awareness and participation within the Muslim community. The Muslim community is resourceful, educated, and integrated into every aspect of the larger community. Our long term goal is to empower the community to impact policies and decision makers to consider the individual and collective voice of the Muslim community on issues of social justice and reform. 
For MDAC, the long-term impact of the program will be that participants will view civic participation as something they are capable of, from the local to the federal level. The participants will be aware of who their elected representative is, how to track bills, how to set up meetings with public officials and conduct an effective meeting. They will be able to use the transferable skills and experience to serve their own local communities. 
Program Success Monitored By  We track how many repeat participants we get each year. In addition to MDAC, CAIR-LA will encourage and offer assistance to any participant looking to get involved in local politics and civic life. We can track how many participants are engaging elected officials after MDAC.
Examples of Program Success  In its first year, MDAC brought together more than about 75 Muslims to Sacramento. In 2018, that number jumped dramatically to about more than 700 participants at the capitol for the 7th iteration of MDAC. 


CEO/Executive Director Hussam Ayloush
CEO Term Start 1996
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Hussam Ayloush is the Executive Director and has been since 1998. He frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs pertaining to American Muslims. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media advocating and articulating the mainstream Muslim position on various issues.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 18
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 350
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 16
Other (if specified): South Asian, Middle Eastern, Afghan
Gender Female: 15
Male: 6
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Omar Hassaine
Board Chair Company Affiliation N/A
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2010 - Dec 2014

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Eyas Abdeen -- --
Haitham Abulhajia -- --
Fahad Ahmed -- --
Musaab Attaras -- --
Hussam Ayloush N/A Voting
Asif Harsolia -- --
Omar Hassaine -- --
Javed Khan -- --
Atthar Mohammed -- --
Salman Razi -- --
Fawad Shaiq -- --
Fawad Shaiq -- --
Amana Siddiqi -- --
Eman Tai -- --
Saed Younis -- --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 14
Other (if specified): Middle Eastern & South Asian
Gender Female: 2
Male: 13
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,473,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,447,100.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

Audit Documents

2016 2016 Audit

2015 2015 Audit

2013 2013 Audit

2012 2012 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $3,754,636 $2,847,752 $2,391,161
Total Expenses $2,654,682 $2,267,844 $1,945,749

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,371,259 $1,886,459 $1,523,203
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $23,486 $20,243 $31,557
Investment Income, Net of Losses $48,204 $16,180 $19,520
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $1,241,969 $903,455 $802,254
Revenue In-Kind $52,961 $43,284 $57,527
Other $16,757 $-2,747 $30,431

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,848,426 $1,477,316 $1,482,401
Administration Expense $507,584 $654,445 $308,763
Fundraising Expense $298,672 $136,083 $154,585
Payments to Affiliates -- $82,776 $86,360
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.41 1.26 1.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 65% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 5% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $4,862,816 $3,752,754 $3,153,111
Current Assets $3,806,239 $2,806,398 $2,247,235
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $109,309 $160,241 $50,697
Total Net Assets $4,753,507 $3,592,513 $3,102,414

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 34.82 17.51 44.33

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

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