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April 19, 2013, Washington, D.C. --- Earlier this week, Rights Working Group joined with a number of national and regional social justice organizations to launch the CAMBIO campaign, an effort to fight for provisions in immigration reform legislation that would protect human rights, constitutional rights in immigration reform, including just border security and enforcement policies, workers rights, and alternatives to dentention.
On May 9th, the Senate Judiciary Committee started mark-up of the immigration reform bill (S. 744). To see the results of the proposed amendments, click here. To see the full listing of amendments to the bill, click here.
Listen to this great interview with Rights Working Group Policy Associate Alissa Escarce where she discusses Rights Working Group's efforts to include a ban on racial profiling in comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Washington, DC – Today, three dozen members of Congress--led by Reps. John Lewis, Judy Chu, Joe Garcia and Lucille Roybal-Allard—sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate urging them to ensure that immigration reform legislation includes strong civil rights and due process protections.
NEW ORLEANS -- Although the nation’s largest city--New York--is facing intense scrutiny over its discriminatory use of stop and frisk policies--including a major civil rights lawsuit currently being heard in federal court and a package of bills designed to end discriminatory policing--the chief of another major U.S. city has turned to the use of stops and frisks as a major law enforcement tool.
New York, N.Y. – Advocates for ending discriminatory policing--including stop-and-frisk policies and biased surveillance--in the nation’s largest police department achieved a significant victory this week when New York City Council announced an agreement that would lead to the creation of an inspector general to oversee police policies and conduct, the Wall Street Journal reported today.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The trial involving a major civil rights lawsuit that seeks to end the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) discriminatory use of stop-and-frisk policies, began last month ifederal court in lower Manhattan.
Many think of racial profiling as a relatively recent problem that manifested in the 1980s when news of African Americans being pulled over for "driving while black" began making national headlines. The problem, however, dates back centuries and is a fairly recent manifestation of discriminatory conduct by law enforcement and the criminal justice system that dates back to at least the 1700s in the United States for people of African descent.
This second installment of the Faces of Racial Profiling series tells the story of Jesus Martinez, whose mentally impaired son, Alex, was killed by border patrol agents in 2011 in the state of Washington.
The story Jesus tells reveals the racial profiling that happens in border communities around language. Border patrol agents showed up at Jesus’ home simply because he called 911 for assistance for his son and spoke in Spanish.
Jesus is still seeking justice and an independent investigation into the death of his son.