Omar hopes the office will help lawmakers understand the "interconnected, global problem of anti-Muslim bigotry."
"The bill requires the State Department to create a Special Envoy for monitoring and combating Islamophobia, and include state-sponsored Islamophobic violence and impunity in the Department's annual human rights reports," Omar's office said in a press release.
"We are seeing a rise in Islamophobia in nearly every corner of the globe," Omar said. "In my home state of Minnesota, vandals spray-painted hate messages and a Nazi swastika on and near the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center."
In the past year, roughly 500 complaints of anti-Muslim hate and bias have been documented, according to the release.
This sentiment of discrimination and hatred toward the Islamic faith has reached "epidemic proportions," according to a March U.N. Human Rights Council declaration.
"As part of our commitment to international religious freedom and human rights, we must recognize Islamophobia and do all we can to eradicate it," Omar said.
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