Posted by: mbarajasroman | April 12, 2012

How to participate in National End Racial Profiling Advocacy Week

Racial profiling has had serious effects on immigrant communities, particularly the Asian American and Latino communities who in recent years have been the targets of anti-immigrant rhetoric and false accusations about being “terrorists” and having “anchor babies.” A study by the New York City Profiling Collaborative found that 73% of South Asians were questioned about their national origin in interactions with law enforcement, and 66% were questioned about their religious affiliation. Relatedly, Latinos have represented a disproportionately high percentage of those arrested under the Secure Communities program—Latinos represent just over three-fourths of the undocumented population, but 93% of those arrested under the program. Immigrant women confront unique challenges in the face of pervasive racial profiling and stand to benefit from renewed advocacy and policy-making on this issue at a federal level, such as the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA).

To find out more about National End Racial Profiling Advocacy Week, please click here, and to learn more about ERPA, including how to watch the Congressional hearing about this piece of legislation, please click here.


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