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DHS Recognizes Ramadan In Virtual Event with Muslim Community Leaders

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a long-standing history of engagement with diverse ethnic and faith-based communities, including Muslim communities. In recognition of Ramadan, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas joined a virtual roundtable discussion with leaders within the Muslim community, including national and local advocacy and social service organizations.

Community Leaders

Resources that can be used to start conversations about and raise awareness of trafficking within communities across the country.

Faith-Based Security Advisory Council

The Faith-Based Security Advisory Council (FBSAC) provides organizationally independent, strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice to the Secretary through the Assistant Secretary for Partnership and Engagement whom also serves as the DHS Faith-Based Organization Security Coordinator.

Faith-Based Security Advisory Council Charter

The Faith-Based Security Advisory Council Charter establishes FBSAC under the authority of Title 6 United States Code, Section 451. This discretionary committee is established in accordance with and operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Title 5 United States Code, Appendix.

Statement By Secretary Kelly On DHS Support To Jewish Community Centers To Enhance Their Security

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.

Secretary Johnson and OCP Director George Selim Participate in Iftar Dinner

Secretary Johnson addresses participants and guests
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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.

DHS Issues Final Rule to Protect Religious Liberties of Social Program Beneficiaries

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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