Racial Profiling

Racial profiling is law enforcement and private security practices that disproportionately target people of color for investigation and enforcement. The ACLU works on behalf of individuals who have been victims of racial profiling by airlines, police, and government agencies. Our work also encompasses major initiatives in public education and advocacy, including the creation of essential resources, lobbying for the passage of data collection and anti-profiling legislation, and litigation of airline and highway profiling cases.

NYC Officials Appear Driven to Defend Troubling Stop-and-Frisk Tactics

NYC Officials Appear Driven to Defend Troubling Stop-and-Frisk Tactics

New York City’s leaders, most notably its billionaire mayor, are bent on supporting a stop-and-frisk policy that according to the police department’s own numbers overwhelmingly target minorities.

6 To-Dos for Obama's Sixth Year as POTUS

6 To-Dos for Obama's Sixth Year as POTUS

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:54pm

Last night's State of the Union address covered many issues important to Americans, including economic inequality, winding down foreign wars, climate change, pay equity, closing Guantanamo, voting rights, and much more.

But from a civil liberties…

Scottsboro Boys Exonerated, But Troubling Legacy Remains for Black Men

Scottsboro Boys Exonerated, But Troubling Legacy Remains for Black Men

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 4:01pm

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole's posthumous pardon today of the last of the black men wrongly convicted of the rape of two white women 82 years ago in Scottsboro, Alabama seems to write the final chapter of a sorry story that epitomizes the…

Time for Obama and Holder to Truly End Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

Time for Obama and Holder to Truly End Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:18pm

Why can’t President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder do more to ban racial profiling in the United States?  Surely, more so than any of their predecessors, they can understand the injustice and humiliation racial profiling victims…

In Court Today: Continuing to Challenge FBI Secrecy on Racial and Ethnic Profiling

In Court Today: Continuing to Challenge FBI Secrecy on Racial and Ethnic Profiling

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 7:00am

The ACLU and the ACLU of New Jersey are in federal appeals court today in a second challenge to FBI claims of secrecy...

"Joe's Law" Gets the Boot: A Lawyer for the Plaintiffs Explains

"Joe's Law" Gets the Boot: A Lawyer for the Plaintiffs Explains

By Andre Segura, Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:13am

Plaintiffs have established that the MCSO had sufficient intent to discriminate against Latino occupants of motor vehicles. Further, the Court concludes that the MCSO had and continues to have a facially discriminatory policy of considering…

Sheriff Arpaio on the Stand

Sheriff Arpaio on the Stand

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 3:46pm

U.S. citizens are entitled to “equal protection under the law” – that is, unless you look Latino and live in Arizona under the rule of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The nation’s self-proclaimed “toughest…

Sheriff Arpaio, Racial Profiling is Illegal

Sheriff Arpaio, Racial Profiling is Illegal

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 10:09am

As the immigration debate continues across Arizona, most pragmatic people seem to agree on a few undeniable facts: racial profiling is illegal. Stopping a motorist for no reason other than their skin color is wrong. Terrorizing American citizens under…

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Should Investigate Spying and Religious Profiling by NYPD

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:31pm

Today the ACLU and the New York Civil Liberties Union called on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to investigate religious and racial profiling by the New York Police Department.

In a series of articles, the Associated Press reports…

What a Week! Three Appeals Courts Across the Nation Condemn Anti-immigrant Laws

What a Week! Three Appeals Courts Across the Nation Condemn Anti-immigrant Laws

By Omar Jadwat, Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:34pm

Three federal appeals courts decisions this week have added to what was already a lopsided score in favor of fairness and common sense, and against the snake-oil salesmen who managed to convince a few states and localities to enact laws discriminating…

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