SALDEF Working for Safety of Sikhs in After Most Recent Terror Arrests

August 15, 2006

Source: Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

On August 15, 2006 the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund reported, "Following the successfully foiled attempted terrorist activity at London’s Heathrow Airport late last week, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) has been in direct contact with federal agencies including the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure steps are taken to prevent backlash against the Sikh American community.

SALDEF would like to commend these agencies for their pro-active efforts in making sure that minority communities are not unfairly targeted. The FBI has also noted that the assistance of members of the Arab American, Muslim and Sikh communities has been vital to the government's efforts to keep our country safe.

'The progressive efforts of federal and local law enforcement are greatly appreciated by the Sikh American community,' stated SALDEF President Mirin Kaur Phool. 'Their collective efforts will go a long way in protecting all innocent Americans from being targeted or singled-out because of their appearance or faith.' SALDEF also urges local law enforcement agencies to coordinate with Sikh American leaders to deter hate crimes."