During the National End Racial Profiling Advocacy Week, April 16-20, 2012, we will urge Congress to take decisive action by co-sponsoring the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 and by putting pressure on the Department of Justice to reform its 2003 Guidance Regarding the Use of Race and Ethnicity by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. For details on how to discuss these issues during a legislative meeting, please see the 2013 Advocacy Toolkit.
Pass the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011
The End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 (ERPA) is federal legislation that would ban racial profiling across the United States. ERPA was introduced in the House by Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and in the Senate by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) in 2011.
ERPA takes these steps to ban racial profiling:
Revise the 2003 Guidance Regarding the Use of Race and Ethnicity by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
Members of Congress must urge the Department of Justice to strengthen its Guidance on racial profiling. Currently, the 2003 DOJ Guidance contains a number of loopholes that undermine its stated purpose of eliminating racial profiling by law enforcement. The Guidance should be revised in the following ways:
Resources on the DOJ Guidance:
Co-sponsored by: the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Muslim Advocates and South Asian Americans Leading Together.