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The following is a list of references to equip immigrant advocates, service providers and immigrants with important information about public safety. If you have a relevant reference you want to share, please send us the information.

Title Author/Date Description

Forcing Our Blues into Gray Areas: Local Police and Federal Immigration Enforcement, a Legal Guide for Advocates



Appleseed's report outlines the legal history behind local enforcement of federal immigration laws, and outlines why an increase in this activity is a bad public policy decision.

American Justice Through Immigrants'Eyes

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund


According to this report draconian immigration laws enacted in 1996 have destroyed the lives of immigrants and their American families, and have undermined our notions of justice and fair play in the process.

Targets of Suspicion: The Impact of Post-9/11 Policies on Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in the United States

Paul M. Sherer
American Immigration Council


Interviews conducted with attorneys, community groups and registrants themselves indicate that the deportations and heightened immigration scrutiny resulting from NSEERS and other post-9/11 policies have d widespread fear, stress and alienation in the nation’s Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities.

Connecting the Dots for a Proactive Approach (PDF)

Matthew C. Scheider, Robert E. Chapman and Michael Seelman
Community Oriented Policing Services


Argues that community policing is an important resource for preparing and responding to acts of terrorism. Explores how to harness the power of community policing to secure the homeland.

A Year of Loss: Reexamining Civil Liberties Since September 11

Lawyers Committee for Human Rights


This report shows that the U.S. government's mode of operations in the year after September 11 has been at odds with core American and international human rights principles.

Principles of Good Policing: Avoiding Violence Between Police and Citizens (PDF)

U.S. Department of Justice


Set of guiding principles that should govern police work in the community.

Respecting Diversity: Responding to Underserved Victims of Crime

Office for Victims of Crime


Provides specific practices and considerations that will help victim assistance professionals provide appropriate services to crime victims of various cultures.

National Crime Victimization Survey 2000

Bureau of Justice Statistics


Crime victimization rates among Hispanic and Asian residents.

Survivors of Politically Motivated Torture: A Large, Growing, and Invisible Population Among Crime Victims.

Peter Dross
Center for Victims of Torture


Helps providers identify the special needs of torture survivors and explore ideas for potential collaborations among victim service organizations.

Illegal Aliens in Federal, State, and Local Criminal Justice Systems

Rebecca L. Clark and Scott A. Anderson
The Urban Institute


Describes the characteristics of illegal aliens in the criminal justice system at federal, state, and local levels.

Immigrant Populations as Victims: Toward a Multicultural Criminal Justice System

National Institute for Justice


Reports on a national assessment program survey which indicated among other findings that most law enforcement officials agreed that recent immigrants report crimes less frequently than other victims.

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