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This fact sheet outlines the constitutional, statutory, and ethical reasons that judges should not solicit or otherwise require defendants to disclose, orally or in writing, their citizenship/immigration status when that status is not a material element of the offense with which they are charged.
This act limits the circumstances under which the District of Columbia will comply with a civil detainer request from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to circumstances where the individual is 18 years of age or older and the individual has been convicted of a dangerous crime or a crime of violence either for which they are in custody or for which they have been convicted within 10 years of the detainer request, or for which they were released after having served a sentence within 5 years of the request, whichever is later, with the exception of an individual who has been convicted of homicide, who may be detained regardless of when the conviction occurred. This act provides that the District is only authorized to hold inmates for an additional 24-hour period after they would otherwise be released, and only if there exists a prior written agreement that the federal government will reimburse the District for all costs incurred in complying with ICE detainers. In addition, this act prohibits the District from providing use of its facilities for ICE to perform generalized searches or inquires of inmates, and requires that if an inmate has counsel, that counsel have an opportunity to be present for an ICE interview.
This ordinance of the Council amends, modifies, and re-enacts Article 99 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Huntington, as Revised, Concerning People's Bill of Rights, codifying: rights related to bearing arms, free speech, due process, and privacy; and the prohibition of unconstitutional profiling or searches.
Research shows that transgender people in the United States face persistent and pervasive discrimination and violence. LGBT people in the United States are particularly susceptible to violence and discrimination by law enforcement. This fact sheet includes statistics and data to support these claims.
Transgender people overall experience high levels of discrimination in every area of life, as well as high levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, negative interactions with police, incarceration, and violent victimization. As a result, many transgender people participate in the sex trade in order to earn income or as an alternative to relying on homeless shelters and food banks. The criminalizing and stigmatizing of sex work in the United States can worsen the discrimination and marginalization that transgender people already face in society. This report analyzes data to support these claims, and provides recommendations for what policy makers, legislators, and the community can do to help.
During interactions with law enforcement, transgender people are prone to experiencing harassment, abuse, or other mistreatment by the police. This report evaluates police departments across the country by assessing factors such as non-discrimination statements, recognition of non-binary identities in applicable policies, use of respectful communication, recording information in department forms, search procedures, transportation, placement in temporary lock-up facilities, access to medication, removal of appearance related items, training, and bathroom access. For each topic, model policies are provided that can and should be adopted by police departments in collaboration with transgender leaders in their communities, in order to promote stronger and more fair policies when it comes to police interactions with transgender people.
This initiative prohibits law officers from engaging in biased based profiling on the grounds of actual or perceived race, national origin, color, creed, age, alienage or citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or housing status. The initiative establishes avenues for persons injured by biased based profiling to bring a civil case or administrative procedure for injunctive or declaratory relief.
This report articulates young people’s mandate to their government—local, state, and federal—to permanently end the school-to-prison-and-deportation pipeline and build a liberatory education system based on principles of inclusion, equity and racial justice. The key points of the mandate including demands to fund education, not incarceration (end federal funding for police in schools, support a pipeline to college and eliminate barriers to higher education), restore and strengthen the civil rights of young people (fund civil rights offices that uphold the rights of young people, support maximum local democratic control of the education system), and end the private takeover of schools (end funding for charter schools, fund traditional public schools).
This report examines current trends in local enforcement of immigration law to deconstruct the myth of sanctuary cities.
There is evidence that placing law enforcement in schools increases referrals to the criminal legal system. The presence of law enforcement makes it more likely that students of color will be arrested for low-level offenses, and increases the formal processing of exclusionary disciplinary responses. This report outlines the results of a survey conducted to reveal students’ experiences, interactions, and feelings about police and security at school, and their vision for supportive and well-resourced schools. Results show that police and security at schools do not make students feel safe, and that students value more support and resources over police and security. This report also features transformative, anti-racist policies that would dismantle the school-to-prison-and-deportation pipeline and guides school districts towards more inclusive learning environments.