The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
Cosponsor the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 S. 1670
Advocacy Letter - 04/16/12
Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Recipient: U.S. Senate
On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the undersigned organizations, we urge you to cosponsor the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 (ERPA). Passage of this bill is needed to put an end to racial profiling by law enforcement officials and to ensure that individuals are not prejudicially stopped, investigated, arrested, or detained based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion. Policies primarily designed to impact certain groups are ineffective and often result in the destruction of civil liberties for everyone.
ERPA would establish a prohibition on racial profiling, enforceable by declaratory or injunctive relief. The legislation would mandate training for federal law enforcement officials on racial profiling issues. As a condition of receiving federal funding, state, local, and Indian tribal law enforcement agencies would be required to collect data on both routine and spontaneous investigatory activities. The Department of Justice would be authorized to provide grants to state and local law enforcement agencies for the development and implementation of best policing practices, such as early warning systems, technology integration, and other management protocols that discourage profiling. Lastly, this important legislation would require the Attorney General to issue periodic reports to Congress assessing the nature of any ongoing racial profiling.
Racial profiling involves the unwarranted screening of certain groups of people, assumed by the police and other law enforcement agents to be predisposed to criminal behavior. Multiple studies have proven that racial profiling results in the misallocation of law enforcement resources and therefore a failure to identify actual crimes that are planned and committed. By relying on stereotypes rather than proven investigative procedures, the lives of innocent people are needlessly harmed by law enforcement agencies and officials.
As is evident by recent events across the nation, racial profiling is a pervasive and harmful practice that negatively impacts both individuals and communities. Racial profiling results in a loss of trust and confidence in local, state, and federal law enforcement. Although most individuals are taught from an early age that the role of law enforcement is to fairly defend and guard communities from people who want to cause harm to others, this fundamental message is often contradicted when these same defenders are seen as unnecessarily and unjustifiably harassing innocent citizens. Criminal investigations are flawed and hindered because people and communities impacted by these stereotypes are less likely to cooperate with law enforcement agencies they have grown to mistrust. We can begin to reestablish trust in law enforcement if we act now.
Current federal law enforcement guidance and state laws provide incomplete solutions to the pervasive nationwide problem of racial profiling.
Your support for the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 is critical to its passage. We urge you to cosponsor this vital legislation, which will ensure that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are prohibited from impermissibly considering race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion in carrying out law enforcement activities. To become a cosponsor, please contact Bill Van Horne in Senator Cardin’s office at email@example.com or (202) 224-4524. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lexer Quamie at (202) 466-3648 or Nancy Zirkin at (202) 263-2880. Thank you for your valued consideration of this critical legislation.
A. Philip Randolph Institute
African American Ministers in Action
American Civil Liberties Union
American Humanist Association
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American Probation and Parole Association
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian American Justice Center
Asian Law Caucus
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Blacks in Law Enforcement in America
Break the Cycle
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Campaign for Community Change
Campaign for Youth Justice
Center for National Security Studies
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Council on Illicit Drugs of the National Association for Public Health Policy
Disciples Justice Action Network
Drug Policy Alliance
Equal Justice Society
Fair Immigration Reform Movement
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Human Rights Watch
Institute Justice Team, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Japanese American Citizens League
Jewish Labor Committee
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
League of United Latin American Citizens
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Muslim Legal Fund of America
Muslim Public Affairs Council
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
National Alliance of Faith and Justice
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Social Workers
National Black Justice Coalition
National Black Law Students Association
National Black Police Association
National Congress of American Indians
National Council of La Raza
National Education Association
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
National Korean American Service and Education Consortium
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Lawyers Guild Drug Policy Committee
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault
National Urban League Policy Institute
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
9to5, National Association of Working Women