The Racial Profiling: Face the Truth campaign seeks to win reforms in local, state and federal policies to end the practice of racial profiling by law enforcement. Racial profiling is humiliating and degrading for those targeted by law enforcement, it is an ineffective law enforcement practice, and it is often the entry point into a broad range of other human rights violations. RWG sees the fight against racial profiling as a part of a broader struggle to achieve racial justice and human rights for everyone in the United States. 

The Problem

Racial and religious profiling is a pervasive problem that affects many communities across the country. In addition to targeting the African American community, racial and religious profiling also affect a broad range of communities, including Native American, African American, Latino, Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities. Not only is racial profiling humiliating and degrading for the people subjected to it, it is unconstitutional, it is an ineffective law enforcement practice, and it damages community security.

[See the video, Face the Truth: Racial Profiling Across America]

The Campaign

Several national advocacy organizations have identified racial profiling as a priority concern to be addressed by the Obama Administration, at the same time that a growing number of community-based groups are struggling with different forms of profiling at the local level. The Campaign brings these diverse voices to the same table to work collaboratively for reform. Building on the historical knowledge and expertise of traditionally-affected communities who developed and honed a range of tactics in response to racial profiling in the "war on drugs," the campaign works collaboratively with the DC-based legislative table led by the NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the ACLU, while mobilizing grassroots and community organizations from around the country to support the campaign. More than thirty-five member organizations and allies around the country contributed to developing the Campaign's goals, objectives and principles.

Through the campaign, Rights Working Group coordinates field, communications, and advocacy strategies to secure policies that ban the practice of racial profiling by law enforcement. The campaign builds alliances among communities directly affected by the different forms of racial profiling that occur in the context of the War on Drugs, post-9/11 national security, and immigration enforcement.


The campaign's principles are to:

  • Promote understanding and collaboration among the many directly-affected communities fighting against racial and religious profiling;
  • Recognize and combat all of the different forms of profiling as ineffective and violations of human rights;
  • Connect the dots between traditional forms of racial profiling, profiling in the name of "national security" and profiling in the name of immigration enforcement, exposing the intersections and promoting common solutions;
  • Promote understanding and build alliances between affected communities and those who serve to protect them; and
  • Promote the human rights of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, citizenship status, or other status.

Goals and Policy Objectives:

The goal of the Face the Truth campaign is to achieve commitments at all levels of government to ban all forms of racial and religious profiling by law enforcement.

The Face the Truth campaign has three policy objectives:

  1. Secure passage of federal legislation to ban racial profiling - the "End Racial Profiling Act."
  2. Revise the June 2003 Department of Justice Federal Guidance on Racial Profiling to eliminate the border and national security loophole, to include profiling based on religion and ethnic origin, and to ensure that the guidance is enforceable.
  3. Eliminate Department of Homeland Security programs that result in racial profiling in immigration enforcement.


ENDORSE THE CAMPAIGN - Organizations endorsing the campaign commit to the shared goals, objectives, and principles as outlined.