Latino and immigrant community members have experienced widespread, systematic problems in which the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) engages in racial profiling to stop and arrest Latino community members, either through joint actions with federal immigration officials or unilateral actions against residents for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration law. This white paper includes recommended reforms to the NOPD policy in accordance with core Constitutional principles, best community policing practices, and strong input from the community.
The Criminal Alien Removal Initiative in New Orleans: The Obama Administration’s Brutal New Frontier in Immigration Enforcement – December 2013
This report reveals the Obama Administration pilot program of race-based community immigration raids that is devastating New Orleans—and warned that it may become the “new normal” for immigrant communities nationwide. The little-known Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program, called the Criminal Alien Removal Initiative (CARI), involves indiscriminate community raids by ICE squads at apartment complexes, grocery stores, laundromats, Bible study groups, and other public places frequented by Latinos—based purely on racial profiling.
Deporting the Evidence: Migrant Workers in the South Expose How U.S. Immigration Enforcement against Human Rights Defenders Violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Aug 2013
This report exposes the ways in which the United States is “deporting the evidence,” by arresting, detaining, and removing individuals engaged in defending themselves and their communities against serious violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). In some cases, the state uses immigration enforcement to retaliate against persons who expose governmental abuses of civil and political rights. In other cases, the state cooperates with private actors who use immigration enforcement to hide their own unlawful behavior. Not only do these actions by the United States directly violate the ICCPR, they also prevent human rights abuses from being exposed or verified because victims and witnesses are intimidated, locked away, or removed from the country.
Making Justice Real: The Importance of the Civil, Labor, and Human Rights Provisions of ICE’s Prosecutorial Discretion Policy – June 2012
This report is based on the stories of the Southern 32: grassroots civil, labor, and human rights defenders from New Orleans, Louisiana, who face deportation for standing up to expose civil and labor rights violations by employers, law enforcement, or Department of Homeland security agents. Through their demand for protections from deportation because of their status as civil, labor, and human rights defenders, the Southern 32 represent and embody the fate of a whole nation of immigrant civil rights leaders who are upholding rights and values that are vital to everyone in the United States.
Evacuation can never be effective, humane or legal without prioritizing community community input and decision making in evacuation planning, preparation, and implementation. This grassroots monitoring report is one step towards building adequate transparency and accountability into Louisiana’s emergency preparedness and response.
The purpose of this report is to provide families of Southeast Louisiana with a comprehensive and honest assessment of Louisiana’s evacuation plan and sheltering readiness prior to a mandatory evacuation. The information comes from community assessors – 90% were former evacuees in state run shelters during the 2008 mandatory Gustav evacuation.
STAND’s specific priorities were: (1) to determine the readiness of the State of Louisiana’s 2009 Evacuation and Sheltering Plan: (2) to assess the humanitarian standards in place at ‘State-run’ Critical Transportation Needs Shelters (CTNS) and Medical Special Needs Shelters; and (3) to evaluate the state’s shelter management and organization.
Monitoring Reports on Retaliation Against Detainee Human Rights Monitors at the South Louisiana Correctional Center, Basile, Louisiana
Compiled by the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice based on the firsthand accounts of detainee human rights monitors. These detainee human rights monitors’ testimonies demonstrate the risks detainees take when they decide to complain about human rights conditions and detention standards. In Basile Louisiana, even amidst increased regional and federal ICE monitoring of the facility, contract jail staff have continued to aggressively retaliate against detainee human rights monitors. Detainees have been threatened with criminal prosecution, placed in solitary confinement, and otherwise denied access to fundamental basic necessities in order to quell their complaints and coerce others into remaining quiet.
Immigrant Detainees Report from Basile, Louisiana. This report compiles the accounts of detainee Human Rights Monitors, revealing that the facility falls below ICE’s own standards- and all standards of human decency. Compiled by the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice based on the reports of over 100 detainee human rights monitors.
A report by STAND, a grassroots project of NOWCRJ, that exposes the impact of Lousiana’s unjust and inequitable evacuation policy during the Hurricane Gustav on the state’s poorest evacuees, based on hundreds of interviews with evacuees. The report was highlighted in a New York Times masthead editorial on Sunday, September 21, 2008.
The most comprehensive report on race and labor after Katrina, based on interviews with over 1,000 workers. Released with the Advancement Project and National Immigration Law Center.