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CAIR San Diego Offering Bystander Intervention Training

Mejgan Afshan, public affairs and policy coordinator at CAIR San Diego, leadi...

Credit: Steve Rivera/Interfaith Worker Justice San Diego County

Above: Mejgan Afshan, public affairs and policy coordinator at CAIR San Diego, leading a bystander and intervention training course at St. Marks United Methodist Church on September 9, 2017.

CAIR San Diego Offering Bystander Intervention Training


Mejgan Afshan, public affairs and policy coordinator, CAIR San Diego

Claire Bergstresser, course participant


Earlier this year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a report showing that hate incidents against Muslims in California are on the rise.

If you ever witnessed someone being bullied, harassed or even assaulted, how would you respond? Would you step in to help, call police or turn a blind eye?

The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is offering training in bystander and ally intervention for community members who want to learn what they can do to help a victim of harassment and deescalate incidents of hate.

RELATED: Report: 10 Percent Increase In Hate Incidents Against California Muslims

“We wanted to be able to have some tools, tips and techniques to give to our community members and the greater San Diego community. We’ve had so many of our allies want to be able to do more, step up more, have more of an engaged relationship with our community members. They want to be able to, not necessarily be heroes but stand in solidarity with us in a more profound way. And I think the bystander and ally and intervention training is the perfect pathway to do that,” said Mejgan Afshan, public affairs and policy coordinator at CAIR San Diego.

Afshan, who led the organization’s first bystander and ally intervention class last month and Claire Bergstresser, who attended the class discuss the program’s goals and techniques.


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