Security And Rights Collaborative Funder Briefing - Spying, Profiling And Security: Advocates Respond To The Expansion Of Local Law Enforcement, Thursday, July 19th In New York, NY
Spying, Profiling and Security: Advocates Respond to the Expansion of Local Law Enforcement
Thursday, 19 July, 10am – 12pm
Location: The Atlantic Philanthropies
75 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013
RSVP by July 16 to
bjimenez [at] proteusfund [dot] org
In cities across the nation, local law enforcement agencies have implemented expansive surveillance and community mapping programs under the auspices of national security efforts. Mirroring a similar trend in the immigration enforcement context, local law enforcement agencies have undertaken practices that undermine due process and compromise civil rights. While some agencies have partnered with the FBI under the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force program, others have implemented their own national security-related surveillance programs, including the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Order 1 and the New York Police Department’s Demographic Unit. Recent AP reports have detailed NYPD practices of sending undercover officers to infiltrate bookstores, cafes and mosques in Muslim neighborhoods, collecting and recording personal information without any evidence of wrongdoing or suspicion of criminal activity.
This briefing will examine the challenges posed by national security-related local law enforcement practices in NYC and beyond, and effective advocacy and funding strategies. Presenters will provide updates on advocacy efforts including litigation, community organizing and legislative advocacy and will discuss opportunities for cross-cultural and cross-community alliances.
- Dimple Abichandani, Security & Rights Collaborative Program Officer
- Nasrina Bargzie, Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus
- Linda Sarsour, Director, Arab American Association of New York
- Ramzi Kassem, Associate Professor at the City University of New York School of Law