RWG Releases New Report: "The Minority Reports"


Earlier today, Rights Working Group (RWG) and the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) released a new report, The Minority Reports: How the Intersection of Criminal Justice, Immigration and Surveillance Undermines Freedoms in California in San Francisco, Calif. [DOWNLOAD REPORT]

Dissecting the Long Deep Roots of Racial Profiling

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.

Border Advocates Visit Capitol to Demand Better Human Rights Protections in Immigration Reform


 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Some 200 advocates living in border communities descended  on Capitol Hill earlier this week to send a strong message to Congress: “We need better borders, not more border enforcement.”

Jesus Martinez's Story of Racial Profiling and Border Abuse - Watch/Take Action!


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.

NGOs and Progressives in Congress and Senate Promote A Just Immigration Reform


 Less than a month ago, a bipartisan group of eight senators working on comprehensive immigration reform legislation released their principles for immigration reform, which are broad goals for what they hope to accomplish.
Although the principles recognized the broken immigration system and endorsed a path to citizenship, some of their recommendations were deeply troubling to many immigrants rights, human rights and civil rights groups.

Faces of Racial Profiling: Art Way Shares His Story



In this the first installment of the "Faces of Racial Profiling" video series, Art Way talks about his first experience of racial profiling at age 11 and the deep impact it had on him. Racial profiling by law enforcement is pervasive in communities of color, damaging trust between those communities and those who are paid to protect them. Racial profiling is unjust and ineffective, whether it targets immigrants, African Americans, Muslim Americans, or any other group.


Truth and Justice Report Reveals Extensive Racial Profiling and Police Brutality in CO


Rights Working Group Member, Colorado Progressive Coalition, (CPC) has just released its Truth and Justice Report, which tells the collective narrative of racial profiling and police violence in Colorado.

Much of the report was gathered through stories of racial profiling and police misconduct that were obtained through the relaunching of CPC's Racial Justice Hotline.

The findings include: 65 percent of community members reported being racially profiled; 39 percent reported being injured by police and 30 percent reported being unjustifiably stopped.

Families for Freedom Report Exposes Border Patrol Incentive Program and Disproportionate Impact on People of Color


 Lawfully present immigrants and U.S. citizens have been harassed by Border Patrol agents in New York State, with a disproportionate impact on people of color, according to a report by RWG member Families for Freedom. According to data collected through FOIA litigation in Rochester, New York, Border Patrol’s “show me your papers” policy and aggressive immigration enforcement tactics in the interior of the U.S.

At First Senate Hearing on Immigration Reform, Senators Seem Split Between A Pathway to CItizenship and More Enforcement


Washington, D.C., February 12, 2013 -- Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on comprehensive immigration reform and heard from those who are supportive of immigration reform and a clear path to citizenship and those who seemed focused on further ratcheting up border enforcement resources.

Operation Streamline Costly, Unjust and Ineffective

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Congress and the White House take up Comprehensive Immigration Reform (“CIR”), some have called for increased southwest border enforcement, even though southwest border apprehensions are at their lowest levels in 40 years and net migration from Mexico is at zero.