The Commission released a report, Discrimination Against
Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in New York City Since 9/11,
revealing that Muslims, Arabs and South Asians believed that
discrimination against their communities intensified after the
attacks on the World Trade Center. The report documented 1,224
perceived incidents of discrimination in the areas covered by
the NYC Human Rights Law: employment, housing, public accommodations,
and bias -related harassment. The survey was translated into
Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, and Urdu.
The survey revealed:
• 69% of the respondents believed that they were victims
of one or more incidents of discrimination or bias-related harassment.
• 31% of the respondents believed that they did not experience
discrimination following the attacks on the World Trade Center.
• 79% of the respondents indicated that their lives had
been negatively affected
by the events of 9/11.
The Commission's survey and report were supported in part by
a $7,500 grant from the New York Community Trust. Agencies assisting
the Commission were: the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs,
The Arab-American Family Support Center, Chhaya, Community Development
Corporation, The Council of Pakistan Organization, South Asian
Youth Action!, South Asian Council for Social Services, and
The Coney Island Avenue Project. The full report and the Commission's
recommendations can be viewed on its website.
As a result of the findings and community involvement in conducting
the survey, the Commission held two large forums in 2003. The Commission
will coordinate an additional six forums in 2004, focusing on developing
civic involvement and accessing City services.