Robert West Civil Rights Attorney CAIR MissouriMy name is Robert Andrew West. I have spent my entire life in the St. Louis area, and I attended Saint Louis University for my undergraduate and law studies. I have grown up around the practice of law my entire life, as my father has run a successful solo general practice firm since shortly after my birth, and I began working at my father’s firm as a teenager. Whether it’s for workers protecting their rights from their employers, or for defendants pursued by our law enforcement and criminal justice systems, I quickly learned the important role lawyers can play in defending the rights of others.

I jumped at the opportunity to become the Staff Attorney for CAIR-MO because, to me, defending the rights of others is one of the best aspects of being a lawyer. At a time when the right of Muslim Americans to enjoy happy, peaceful lives is constantly under attack in their places of worship, travel, work, schooling, and even their own neighborhoods and homes, standing up for the rights of Muslims has never been more important. If you feel your rights have been violated, CAIR-MO wants to help you in any way that we can, regardless of your financial ability to get representation.

With hate crimes increasing and American public opinion intensifying against Islam and those who practice it, with the abundance of fear and ignorance of Islam in our communities, and the rise of politicians exploiting that fear and ignorance, there is so much hard work to be done to ensure equality for all Muslims in our community. I consider it an honor to do whatever I can to assist with that work.”

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Chris Caras, 32, of Ballwin, Missouri, has been a practicing member of the American Muslim community ever since he embraced Islam in 2001 in Peoria, Illinois. Chris was raised Christian, attending Lutheran and Greek Orthodox churches on alternate Sundays. He first accepted Islam while a junior in high school, never having met a Muslim before in his life, but mesmerized by the Quran's compacted rich and grand meaning.

Chris began pursuing Islamic studies after being appointed secretary of the Knox College Islamic Club and imam of Galesburg, IL. He left Knox College, worked in retail and welding until he performed the Islamic "Hajj" pilgrimage to Mecca. He then studied at the renowned Islamic University of Medinah, Saudi Arabia. Chris completed their two year Arabic learning institute and then graduated in 2013 with honors from their four-year bachelor's degree program in Islamic theology, history, and education. After spending a year teaching in Peoria, Chris went to Malaysia for two years to earn his masters in Islamic Law and Legal Theory, finishing in 2016. 

Chris is excited about being an outreach coordinator and Islamic Education Director with CAIR-Missouri. This is the work, he feels, that will ultimately have the greatest impact on changing public perception of Islam and Muslims.

Outside of Islamic studies, Chris golfs and studies computer programming. He enjoys a strong relationship with his father, a USMC veteran and federal judge, and his mother an RN, both retired. Chris' wife of eight years is an American of Pakistani heritage and an accomplished Quran recitation teacher. They have two young daughters together. 

About Us

CAIR-MO vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. Our mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Addresse: 13408 Clayton Rd, St. Louis MO, 63131
Tel: 636-207-8882


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