Over the past several weeks, the country has seen unacceptable and escalating threats and actual harassment directed at faith-based communities around the country, with a particular focus on threats to Jewish Community Centers. As a complement to on-going law enforcement efforts to investigate specific threats, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working closely with Jewish communities to advise and support on protective measures they can put in place to help keep people in their community safe. DHS has Protective Security Advisors (PSAs) in all 50 states who serve as liaisons to government, industry, and community leaders, and who provide expertise on protective measures, threat reporting, and security awareness. DHS PSAs support state, local, tribal, territorial and community entities across the nation to ensure they are aware of these important public safety steps.
DHS, along with eight other Federal agencies, ensures religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally funded social service programs, while also protecting the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds on the same basis as any other eligible organization.
Last night, Secretary Johnson and I attended an iftar dinner in celebration of the fast of Ramadan. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, and those who observe Ramadan fast from sunrise to sunset, breaking their fast with the iftar—which literally means “breakfast.” I was honored to take part in this tradition with them.
Today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with eight other federal agencies, published a final rule that will provide new religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally funded social service programs, while also adding new protections for the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds on the same basis as any other private organization.
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Learn more about the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) outreach and engagement with communities throughout the nation, as well as the training we provide to both Department personnel and our partners.