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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.

Gowdy's Misnamed Safe Act Poses Threat to U.S. System of Justice, Due Process and Human Rights

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RWG Expresses Sympathy for Victims and Families of Killings in Boston; Makes Call for Unity

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April 19, 2013, Washington, D.C. -- Rights Working Group stands united with all those across the nation who are shocked and saddened by this week’s attacks that took lives and injured hundreds.

“We express deep sympathy for the victims of the bombings and their families,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Rights Working Group. “The bombings were a deplorable act.”

Black Immigrants to Descend on Nation's Capitol to Share Their Stories and Demand Full Citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Overlooked in the national dialogue and media coverage of immigration reform are the lives and experiences of Black immigrants.

These immigrants, mostly from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, will descend on the Capitol Wednesday, March 20 from around the country to show the diversity of immigrants while sharing their stories of how the criminalization of immigrants has impacted their lives.

Rights Working Group Welcomes President's Leadership on Immigration Reform, Urges Delinking of Enforcement Initiatives From Path to Citizenship

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Rights Working Group Praises Senate Group for Recognizing Need for Path to Citizenship and Racial Profiling Protections; Concern Expressed About Calls for Increased Border Security

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January 28, 2013, Washington, D.C. -- Rights Working Group (RWG) applauds the bi-partisan senators’ decision to release principles for immigration reform that recognize the need to establish a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented migrants that would bring them out of the shadows and into the fabric of society. 

Activists Press Council to Limit D.C.’s Involvement with Immigration Detainers

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Human rights, civil rights, immigrant rights and labor groups rallied last week outside the city’s Wilson Building, to urge the D.C. City Council to maintain its historic role of leadership in creating laws that protect immigrants.

Activists packed council chambers at a city council hearing at the district's Wilson Building to support an act that would impose limits on the way the city complies with federal immigration authorities in detaining undocumented migrants.

DHS’ DECISION TO UNILATERALLY MOVE FORWARD WITH SECURE COMMUNITIES PUTS WOMEN IN DANGER

 

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The War on Drugs, a War on America’s Minority Communities: Reflections from a Former Drug Cop

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I spent the 1980s in law enforcement. My primary duties as a sheriff’s deputy were enforcing drug laws in Fayetteville, North Carolina. My level of success and professionalism eventually led to a bigger assignment as a special federal marshal assigned to an organized crime and drug enforcement task force.

Reflections on Civil Disobedience from a Japanese-American Internment Camp

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I spent my July 4th weekend at an internment camp in Idaho with a group of Asian-American and Muslim students, reflecting on how racial profiling has targeted different groups throughout history.