• Eric Johnson: Law Enforcement Coordination Specialist, United States Attorney’s Office, MDFL
  • Sgt. James Hargret: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, District I
  • Matthew Simons, Police Corporal Tampa Police Department Criminal Intelligence Bureau
  • Rick Ramirez: Special Agent In-Charge (SAC) for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center.


  • Nezar Hamze: Regional Operations Director
  • Thania Diaz Clevenger Esq.: Civil Rights Director

Local schools:

    • Br. Souheil Zekri: Principal, American Youth Academy (AYA) 
    • Sr. Hayat Ileiwat: Elementary Assistant Principal, Universal Academy of Florida (UAF)

    Meeting Agenda

    2:30 Recitation from the holy Qura’an followed by translation

    2:40 Opening Remarks. By:  Br. Bilal Saleh

    2:50 Civic Engagement and the Battle Against Islamophobia. By: Br. Ahmad Saleem (CAIR-FL)

    3:00 Know Your Rights. By: Thania Clevenger Esq. (CAIR-FL)

    3:10 Islam’s Intrinsic Promotion of Peace and Intolerance of Senseless Violence. By:  Dr. Ghiath Mahmalji

    3:30 The Daily impact of Islamophobia and How to Combat the Harmful Narrative. By: Sr. Sumayya Saleh

    3:40 How Islamic Schools Are Coping With Islamophobia and Protecting the Children? By Br. Souheil Zekri (AYA) and Sr. Hayat Ileiwat (UAF)

    4:00 Panel Discussion: Safeguarding the Tampa area Muslim American community is a shared responsibility requiring the cooperation of community members and government agencies:

    • Combatting Islamophobia
    • Educating the community about physical safety
    • Learning from past experiences of Islamic centers
    • Balancing government and community responsibility, planning and response

    Moderator: Br. Farrukh Siddiqui

    Panelists: Eric Johnson, Mathew Simons, Rick Ramirez, Ahmad Saleem, and Thania Diaz Clevenger

    4:30 Panel Q&A and Open Discussion

    5:00 Closing Remarks By: Br. Farrukh Siddiqui

    5:10 Closing Dua’a.  By: Imam Junaid Khan