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New protections address multiple ways LGBTQ youth of color are profiled
April 22, 2015 (WASHINGTON, DC) – Streetwise and Safe joins civil rights and LGBT organizations across the country in celebrating today’s introduction of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 which, consistent with the recently issued U.S. Department of Justice guidance on profiling and the recommendations of the Interim Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, expands the ban on racial profiling to include profiling based on gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. “Racial profiling is a critical issue for LGBTQ youth of color,” said Chris Bilal, Streetwise and Safe (SAS) campaign staff. “Across the country, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth of color report alarmingly high rates of police profiling resulting in myriad collateral consequences. Non-heterosexual youth are more likely to be stopped by the police and experience greater criminal justice sanctions not explained by greater involvement in violating the law or engaging in transgressive behavior.” “The End Racial Profiling Act has always been an important piece of legislation for LGBTQ youth of color,” said Verónica Bayetti Flores, Policy Coordinator at Streetwise and Safe (SAS). “An End Racial Profiling Act with a profiling ban and enforcement mechanisms to address the multiple ways that people of color experience racial profiling – including profiling based on gender, gender identity and sexual orientation – would go a long way toward keeping LGBTQ youth of color safer from discriminatory policing. We are grateful to this historic legislation’s sponsors for their vision and commitment to addressing the multiple ways LGBTQ youth of color experience profiling.” The End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 was introduced by Senator Bill Cardin (D – MD) and Congressman John Conyers (D – MI). Streetwise and Safe (SAS) is a New York City based organization focused on the profiling and criminalization of LGBTQ youth of color. Along with allied organizations, SAS called for the passage of an End Racial Profiling Act inclusive of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation in the 2014 report A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV.