Racial or ethnic profiling causes targeted minorities to live in fear of police and destroys public trust in law enforcement. We work collaboratively with police forces to develop frameworks to help law enforcement build open and positive relationships with the communities they serve.
We also support the efforts of grassroots activists and leaders as they work to promote safe communities, transform police culture, propose policy changes, and ensure accountability when abuses occur. To put an end to the unlawful practice of racial profiling, we have also documented widespread, systemic discrimination in a number of European Union member states, exposing the extent of this problem in Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain, France, and Russia.
Under Suspicion: The Impact of Discriminatory Policing in Spain
This video, produced by Rights International Spain and the Open Society Foundations, explores the lived realities of racialized individuals in Spain.
What is Ethnic Profiling?
Ethnic profiling takes place when law enforcement targets people not because of what they have done, but who they are. This fact sheet outlines the impact that the discriminatory practice has on people's lives in Europe.
Data Alone Won’t Stop Ethnic Profiling
While many police officers in Belgium recognize that ethnic profiling is real and harmful, acknowledging the problem is only the beginning. It’s time for law enforcement to move beyond words and make concrete policy changes.