U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Funds Grant to Counsel Muslim Women

October 2, 2002

Source: Washington Post


On October 2, 2002 Washington Post reported that "search-and-seizure operations carried out [by federal agents] at Muslim homes and organizations across Northern Virginia... [were] aimed at gathering information on possible financial links to Middle Eastern terrorist groups. But while much about the operation remains murky, one aspect is drawing increased attention: the trauma that women who were home at the time say they suffered when their houses were raided. Now the psychological damage allegedly inflicted by one branch of the federal government is being treated with funding from another. Under a federal grant to help people affected by Sept. 11 and its aftermath, Fairfax County has been offering group counseling to Muslim women whose homes were searched last March."