Why talk about international law when we’re dealing with domestic issues?
U.S. constitutional protections against racial profiling have been interpreted by our courts in a limited and narrow fashion. American courts have given great latitude to law enforcement, leaving open the possibility for power to be abused and thus creating major obstacles for legal challenges on constitutional grounds. In many cases, international law provides stronger protections against racial profiling than U.S. law. As such, U.S. advocates have appealed to international human rights mechanisms as additional avenues through which to hold U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement accountable to the principles of equality and non-discrimination.
An oldie but a goodie . . . watch this inspiring video on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Read Rights Working Group's Recent Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Persistence of Racial Profiling in America
More Information on RWG's Work at the United Nations on Racial Profiling in America
More Information on RWG's Work at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Immigration Enforcement and Detention in America