December 23, 2014

Justice Department Issues New Guidance Barring Racial Profiling by Federal Agents

Since 2003, the federal government has banned profiling on the basis of race or ethnicity, with an exception for national security investigations. A new policy, released this month, also bars profiling on the basis of religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The policy applies to federal law enforcement officers performing federal law enforcement activities, including national security and intelligence work. It does not apply to (1) federal non-law enforcement personnel, such as the U.S. military, intelligence, or diplomatic personnel, and their activities; (2) interdiction activities near the border or to protective, inspection, or screening activities; or (3) state or local law enforcement officers, except when they are participating on federal law enforcement task forces.

Click here for the complete text of the policy.