racial profiling

RWG Denounces Appeals Court Decision Blocking New York Stop and Frisk Reforms

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sameera Hafiz, Director of Policy and Campaigns, shafiz@rightsworkinggroup.org, (w) 202.591.3309

RWG Submits Report on Racial Profiling to U.N.

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After several months of hard work, RWG and coalition members submitted a shadow report, "The Persistence of Discriminatory Profiling Based on Race, Ethnicity, Religion, National Origin, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the United States," to the United Nations' Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.

An Uncomfortable Silence: James Comey, the FBI, and Racial Profiling

By Alissa Escarce, RWG Policy Associate

On Thursday, July 18th, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve the nomination of James Comey as FBI director. The nomination will now be voted on by the entire Senate. Unlike other confirmations in recent memory Comey’s has advanced smoothly, and he is almost certain to be confirmed in the coming week.

RWG Welcomes President Obama's Comments on Racial Profiling; Urges Strong Federal Action to Stop Racial Profiling in All its Forms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keith Rushing, Communications Director, krushing@rightsworkinggroup, (p) 202.591.3305, (c) 202.557.4291

July 24, 2013, Washington, D.C – Rights Working Group welcomes President Barack Obama’s decision to comment Friday on racial profiling and racial disparities in the criminal justice system in the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman.  Rights Working Group was encouraged by his acknowledgement of the need for federal action to address these problems.

Disturbed by Outcome of Zimmerman Trial, RWG Calls on the DOJ to Continue Its Civil Rights Investigation into the Death of Trayvon Martin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keith Rushing, Communications Director, krushing@rightsworkinggroup, (p) 202.591.3305, (c) 202.557.4291

July 15, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin raises deep concerns about racial profiling and; the criminalization, marginalization and stereotyping of black men and boys; and the ability of the justice system to function effectively in cases involving African Americans and other people of color.

The DOJ Finds the L.A. Sheriff's Department Targeted Blacks and Latinos for Discriminatory Treatment

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July 2, 2013 - The Department of Justice has found that the nation’s largest sheriff’s department has engaged in “a pattern of unreasonable force” and targeted black residents of public housing for unnecessary stops and seizures, the Associated Press reported.

City Council Passes Major Legislation to Prohibit Discriminatory Policing

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June 27, 2013 -- Despite the strenuous objections of New York City’s mayor and police commissioner, New York City Council passed two major bills last night that should strengthen and broaden protections against racial profiling and provide independent oversight of the New York Police Department.

Rights Working Group Urges New York City Council to Ban Stop-and Frisk Policies and Police Surveillance By Supporting the Community Safety Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keith Rushing, Communications Director, krushing@rightsworkinggroup, (c) 202.557.4291

June 24, 2013, Washington, D.C. -- Rights Working Group urges New York City Council members to vote in favor of a package of bills, the Community Safety Act, aimed at ending discriminatory policing in New York.

NYPD Sued Over Discriminatory Surveillance of Muslim Communities

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WASHINGTON,D.C., June 20, 2013 – The New York Police Department (NYPD), already facing a federal civil rights lawsuit  for its racially discriminatory use of stop and frisk policies, is now being challenged for another form of profiling the department engages in: discriminatory surveillance of Muslim communities.

On Tuesday, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU and CUNY’s CLEAR Project filed the suit in federal court in Brooklyn, charging the NYPD of violating religious freedom and constitutional guarantees of equal protection of the law.

Senator Cardin Proposes Amendments to Fix Prohibition of Racial Profiling in Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keith Rushing, Communications Director, krushing@rightsworkinggroup, (c) 202.557.4291

June 20, 2013, Washington, D.C.-Two amendments to the senate’s immigration reform bill, S. 744, have been offered by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) to fix  protections against racial profiling and discrimination in immigration enforcement.