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ACLU Lens: ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Clients Urge Congress to End Racial Profiling

Sandhya Bathija,
Washington Legislative Office
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April 18, 2012

Yesterday, ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee in the Senate’s first hearing on racial profiling in more than a decade. The ACLU urged Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act, which would ban the use of racial profiling and provide training to help police avoid responses based on stereotypes and unreliable assumptions about racial minorities.


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Romero was quoted in several news stories about the hearing, including ABC News blog, the Sun-Sentinal, The Root, Raycom News Media,, and the Orlando Sentinel. The ACLU’s work on racial profiling was mentioned in several stories as well, including CQ Roll Call and NPR, which quoted ACLU of Minnesota client Boni Rhodes-Berg. Rhodes-Berg traveled to Washington to participate in a press conference following the hearing and told the story of how she was racial profiled by Drug Enforcement Administration agents at the airport. ACLU of Michigan client Tiburcio Briceno, who also spoke at the press conference, was interviewed by several Spanish media outlets, including appearing live on Univision’s morning show, Despierta America.

The Senate hearing was also covered by McClatchy newspapers, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, BET News, the Birmingham News, among others.

Urge your member of Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act, legislation sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John Conyers, (D-Mich.).

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