To foster safe community environments by holding abusive religious and community leadership accountable.
Members of the Muslim community are collectively coming to terms with the fact that among the people who are serving as leaders, including clergy, teachers and religious scholars, are those that abuse their positions of power and violate their ethical responsibilities. Despite the commandments within Islamic teachings that prohibit the transgressing of boundaries or acting abusively towards others, especially the added responsibilities placed on leaders, there are people in positions of power who readily transgress to the point of becoming abusive. It is our responsibility as a community to address this accountability gap.
With the exception of whatever inconsistent regional capacity lies within a singular local community, there is simply no effective and standardized means by which to collectively hold these abusive leaders accountable and prevent them from going from community to community to gain access to vulnerable populations. Until now....
Facing Abuse in Community Environments (FACE) was formed in 2017 to create a framework by which to address this leadership accountability gap. On our website, you will find the tools and resources to better understand the problem of abusive leaders but also to report them and help protect the community from their continued abuse.
We have published 2 misconduct reports, have 18 open investigations, and have presented to hundreds of people around the country. We are looking forward to a year of striving to continue this difficult work, with the help of exceptional allies by our side.