Muslim Defense Project

By admin, April 17, 2012 10:48 pm

Mission Statement:

The Muslim Defense Project (MDP) of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG-NYC) was formed to combat the anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies that have created a comprehensive system of illegal surveillance, predatory prosecutions, and the targeting of entire Muslim communities — in New York City and beyond. We stand in solidarity, as members of these communities and their allies, to seek the elimination of laws that enable the discrimination of Muslims. We will arm our communities with the knowledge and information they need to protect themselves. We will put our legal skills to use defending those who have fallen prey to predatory prosecutions. We recognize that community ties through trust and activism have been under attack over the past several years, and we endeavor to safeguard and build those precious relationships.Through organizing and activism, we seek to build a strong front by developing alliances with other communities who have also been the subject of the government’s repression.  Together, we will fight this government onslaught on our fundamental rights — as history has taught us that the rights of one community or individual belong to us all.

Contact Us:

What We Do:

  • Facilitate Know Your Rights Workshops in Masjids, community centers, schools, etc.: Request a free workshop for your community group by emailing
  • Operate a 24/7 Hotline (646-801-0104): Please call us if you have been contacted or suspect you are being surveilled by a government agent, such as a member of the FBI or NYPD.  We will put you in touch with a NLG attorney.
  • Legal Observe: Are you holding a rally? Would you like Legal Observers present?  Request Legal Observers via this form.
  • Provide General Community Support: Let us know how we can work in solidarity with you and/or your group.
Press Releases and Statements of Support:
Endorsements, Sponsorships and Support:

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