Criticism of CVE

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CVE stigmatizes American Muslims and casts unwarranted suspicion on innocuous activity…CVE [tasks] community members with monitoring each other and reporting to law enforcement for beliefs and activities of law-abiding Americans. To many, that’s known as spying.   It is hardly conducive to supporting communities and….it stymies First Amendment protected beliefs.



The following national partners have been critical of the CVE in terms of profiling an ethnic group (Muslims) and violating civil liberties.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Amnesty International

The Arab-American Institute

The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee

Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation

The Brennan Center for Justice (NYU Law School)

Center for Constitutional Rights

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)


National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy

National Lawyers Guild

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Funds (SALDEF)

T’ruah, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism