CAIR Action Alerts
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
1511 K Street N.W., Suite 807, Washington, D.C. 20005 Tel:
(202) 638-6340 Fax: (202) 638-6412
MUSLIM CHILDREN ARE TAKEN FROM HOME - FORCED TO CONVERT
Washington, DC, August 22, 1995 - On Friday, August 18, ABC
television's 20/20 program featured a story about a Muslim
family in Texas whose children were taken away after the
father was falsely accused of abusing his daughter. As the
program pointed out, the Albanian Muslim father (Sadri
Krasniqi) was accused of sexually abusing his 4-year-old
daughter at a public sporting event in which his son was
competing. Two doctors who examined the girl said their was
no evidence of abuse.
Experts testified that the man s actions were entirely
appropriate in the Albanian culture and that there was no
abuse. The man was later found innocent of this charge, but
not before both of his children were taken from the home and
offered for adoption to a family who forced the children to
eat pork, wear crosses and convert to Christianity. The
mother (Sebhat Krasniqi) was never accused of abusing the
children, but her parental rights were terminated along with
those of the father.
Throughout this legal process, the Texas department of Child
Protective Services failed to take into account its own
guidelines to seek placement of the children with the
closest ethnic and religious match. The family s attorney
says this was due to the bias of case workers involved in
investigating the case.
Two federal lawsuits have been filed against state agencies
on behalf of the family. Another lawsuit seeking to overturn
the adoption will also be filed soon.
THIS FAMILY NEEDS YOUR HELP.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED: (CAIR will issue updates as the
A) Offer du aa for the family.
B) Contact the individuals and organizations in the list below. Demand that this case
be reviewed and the children returned to their parents.
C) Donate funds to help the family. Donations may be sent to:
Sadri and Sebhat Krasniqi, c/o Khalid Hamideh, Attorney at
Law, 1301 Northwest Highway, Suite 212, Garland, TX 75041,
Tel: (214) 271-4007.
Before this all began, the family owned four restaurants. They had to sell all this property to pay
legal bills and living expenses. Most of the family s legal work is being done free of charge or at cost, but there are
still tremendous costs involved in trying these cases.
(Send one copy of your letter to each address below.)
- U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Secretary Donna
Shalala, 200 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201,
Tel: (202) 690-7000
- Governor George W. Bush, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, TX
- The Honorable Bob Bullock, Lt. Governor, P.O. Box 12068 -
Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711-2068
- The Honorable Florence Shapiro, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068
- Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711-2068
- Child Protective Services, Mart Hoffman, 701 W. 51st,
Austin, TX 78714, Tel: (512) 450-3313
- The Honorable John Bryant, U.S. House of Representatives,
Dist. 5, 8035 E. R.L. Thornton Frwy., Suite 518, Dallas, TX
75228, Tel: (214) 767-6554
- The Honorable Sam Johnson, U.S. House of Representative,
Dist. 3, 9400 N. Central Expressway, Suite 610, Dallas, TX
75231, Tel: (214) 739-0182
- The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchinson, U.S. Senate, 10440 N.
Central Expressway, Suite 1160, Dallas, TX 75231, Tel:
- The Honorable Phil Gramm, U.S. Senate, 2323 Bryan, Suite
1500, Dallas, TX 75201, Tel: (214) 767-3000
THOUSANDS SIGN PETITIONS FOR MUSLIM CHILDREN
There have been new developments in the case of a Dallas Muslim
family whose children were taken away when the father was falsely
accused of child abuse. Since the case gained national attention on
ABC's 20/20 program, thousands of Muslims have signed petitions
to Texas Governor George Bush asking that the case be re-opened.
CAIR has requested a meeting with Governor Bush to deliver the
petitions and to discuss the case.
In another development, The Dallas Morning News ran an angry
letter to the editor from Harold Gaither, Jr., the judge who
terminated the parents rights.
In the letter, headlined Judge Gaither: I cannot apologize but
others should, the judge denied the accusation, calling the
original 20/20 report 'trash journalism,' and repeated the
accusations against the family's father, despite the fact that the
man has been cleared of all charges in a court of law. His other
comments in the letter included: The defense raised by Mr.
Krasniqi was that, since molesting young girls was acceptable in
the Muslim culture, he did not perform the acts with sexual
These comments do not fit the facts of the case. An article
(9/17/95) in The Houston Chronicle described the process in Judge
Gaither's courtroom that lead to the parents losing their rights:
"The civil trial jury did not hear a raft of witnesses...who
testified there was no physical evidence of sexual abuse, that
Krasniqi in no way fit the profile of an abuser, that the children
never had been harmed and were in fact cherished and protected,
that the entire case had been a fundamental, cultural, ethnic and
The Dallas Morning News (9/9/95) also quoted Judge Gaither as
saying he would not apologize for his actions "until hell freezes