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Racial Profiling

"Racial profiling" refers to law enforcement strategies and practices that single out individuals as objects of suspicion solely on the basis of their race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion. Under such practices, minorities are disproportionately targeted as criminal suspects, skewing at the outset the racial composition of the population ultimately charged, convicted and incarcerated.

In Wake of Federal Updates, Maryland Becomes First State to Issue Profiling Guidance

August 27, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Surrounded by a national conversation about police brutality and law enforcement’s treatment of minorities, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on August 25 issued guidance designed to ban discriminatory profiling by law enforcement on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.

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Cardin, Conyers Reintroduce Bill to End Racial Profiling

April 24, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Sen. Ben Cardin, D. Md., and Rep. John Conyers, D. Mich., on April 22 reintroduced the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), which would prohibit profiling by federal, state, local, and Indian tribal law enforcement authorities on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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Groups Underscore Concerns with Administration’s Updated Profiling Guidance

February 27, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 80 other national, state, and local organizations this week sent a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns with the administration’s Guidance for Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Regarding the Use of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, or Gender Identity, released in December 2014.

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Department of Justice Announces Updates to Profiling Guidance

December 8, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday unveiled updates to racial profiling guidance first released in June 2003 under President George W. Bush.

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Civil and Human Rights Groups React to Reports of Updated Profiling Guidance

April 15, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

When George W. Bush said in a presidential debate in 2000 that “we ought to do everything we can to end racial profiling,” the civil and human rights community hoped that his encouraging statement would lead to federal policy. However, his administration’s profiling guidance, released in 2003 and still to date unreformed, was inadequate 11 years ago and is even less sufficient in 2014 as it continues to affect millions of Americans from a range of racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

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Monitor Weekly: The Latest in Civil and Human Rights

May 5, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

  • Concerns about Higher GED Costs. As Education Week reported on Thursday, The Leadership Conference will be meeting with a senior executive of the GED Testing Service to allay concerns that plans to redesign the exam will make it cost prohibitive for lower-income people.

  • New App to Fight Racial Profiling at Airports. At a press event held this week at The Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., the Sikh Coalition launched a new iPhone and Android application called FlyRights that makes it easier for travelers to submit complaints about airport security directly to the Transportation Security Administration.

  • Women, African Americans Hit Hardest by Public-Sector Layoffs. A new briefing paper by the Economic Policy Institute finds that Women and African Americans comprised about 70 percent and 20 percent respectively of the 765,000 jobs lost in state and local government between 2007 and 2011.

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Monitor Weekly - The Latest in Civil and Human Rights

April 28, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

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Members of Congress, Law Enforcement Officials, and Advocates Call for an End to Racial Profiling

April 20, 2012 - Posted by Sandy Thomas

The negative effects of racial profiling and the need to pass the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) of 2011 were the focus of a Senate subcommittee hearing held on April 17 as part of the National End Racial Profiling Advocacy Week.

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Advocates Urge Congress to Address Racial Profiling

November 10, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Racial profiling is an unjust, ineffective practice that threatens civil liberties and harms targeted communities and society as a whole, criminal justice advocates recently told members of Congress at a hearing focused on the need to pass legislation aimed at eliminating its use by law enforcement agencies.

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Senate Introduces Legislation to Ban Racial Profiling

October 7, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Yesterday, the Senate introduced a bill that would ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement.

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