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A statement from Islamic Relief USA addressing recent reports of misconduct by Islamic Relief WorldWide board members


Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. IRUSA is an independent partner of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), an international humanitarian charity based in the United Kingdom. While both IRUSA and IRW share a vision for a world free of poverty, and work closely together to that end, each one operates independently, including having separate boards of directors (and/or trustees) and a separate incorporation status in their respective countries. This is important to note in reference to a recent development (in August 2020) that led to the resignation of an IRW board member after it was discovered that he made anti-Semitic statements. Islamic Relief Worldwide reiterated in a public statement, with strong condemnation, that offensive views, such as those expressed by the former board member, have no place in its organization. And, while IRUSA is not directly connected to this incident, we join IRW in unreservedly condemning all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism, as we have throughout our existence.

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