Commission recently released a report entitled Discrimination
Against Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians in New York City Since
9/11. The report revealed that Muslims, Arabs, and South
Asians believed that discrimination against them intensified following
the attacks on the World Trade Center although the incidents went
on a survey conducted by the Commission in the Muslim, Arab and
South Asian communities, the report documented perceived incidents
of discrimination in the areas covered by the City’s Human
Rights Law – employment, housing, public accommodations, and
bias-related harassment or violence. The survey was conducted in
English, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi. The survey served
to strengthen the Commission’s connections with these communities
and will help shape future education, prevention and enforcement
The survey revealed:
- 69% of the respondents believed they were the victim 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% indicated that their lives had been negatively affected
by 9/11, regardless of whether or not they believed they had directly
experienced any discrimination.
- 17% of the respondents sought assistance from a government
agency or community organization;
- 83% of the respondents did not ask for help because they were
afraid, believed that nothing would be done, did not know who
to contact, or thought the incident did not warrant reporting.
over 11,000 surveys distributed throughout the City from October
2002 to April 2003, the Commission received 956 completed surveys.
A total of 659 individuals believed that they experienced one or
more incidents of discrimination totaling 1,224 incidents. Bias-related
harassment comprised 37% of these incidents, followed by employment
discrimination at 26% and public accommodations at 25%. Housing
discrimination characterized the remaining 11% of these incidents.
on the survey, the Commission recommended that government agencies
and community organizations take steps to encourage a climate of
tolerance and respect; further promote interfaith and community
integration through activities that involve all members of the community;
and advocate the participation of people from the Muslim, South
Asian and Arab communities in civic and political activities and
into public service positions.
Commission’s survey and report were supported in part by the
New York Community Trust. Those assisting the Commission were: the
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, The Arab-American Family
Support Center, Chhaya Community Development Corporation, The Council
of Pakistani Organization, South Asian Youth Action!, South Asian
Council for Social Services, and The Coney Island Avenue Project.
Bloomberg and the Commission are committed to enforcing the law
to the maximum extent possible and using the City’s resources
to fight prejudice and discrimination.
View the report