• News outlets have recently reported that the Department of Justice will release new guidance on the use of racial profiling by federal law enforcement officers shortly. Human Rights Watch wrote to US Attorney General Holder and urged him to ensure the new guidance abolishes exemptions for national security and border integrity operations and that it covers all federal law enforcement agencies.
    Dec 3, 2014
  • I write to follow up on my September 9, 2014 letter to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch, in which we urged that the state of Missouri undertake a comprehensive review of law enforcement responses to the protests that began on August 9 in Ferguson. Your recent announcement of the creation of the Ferguson Commission, a panel charged with studying the “the social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown,” left unclear whether the panel will address the many outstanding and serious questions about the police response to the protests.
    Oct 27, 2014
  • In light of recent reports that the Department of Justice is planning to expand its definition of prohibited racial profiling, Human Rights Watch writes to US Attorney General Holder to urge him to also end community mapping programs that propagate discriminatory profiling.
    Apr 21, 2014
  • Human Rights Watch sent this letter to members of the US Congress, regarding the scope of the new Congressional Over-Criminalization Task Force. If the task force is to be effective, it needs to tackle multiple flawed facets of the criminal justice system, including not only overcriminalization but also federal sentencing practices.
    Jun 17, 2013
  • May 3, 2013
  • Human Rights Watch wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Department of Justice to open an investigation into the New York City Police Department's surveillance and profiling of Muslims based solely on religion and ethnic origin.
    Mar 20, 2012
  • The United States has shown a spirit of engagement during the Universal Periodic Review process. The US should take the next step and give full consideration to the recommendations and to accept all those that would significantly improve US compliance with international human rights standards.
    Jan 25, 2011
  • The 29-page US government report represents an important effort to frame a series of human rights issues facing the country. Nevertheless, we are concerned that the report, when discussing a particular human rights issue or achievement, often fails to acknowledge ongoing human rights challenges central to that same topic.
    Aug 31, 2010
  • The possibility that the Justice Department might investigate the use of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees is encouraging and important. The United States cannot truly claim to have repudiated these egregious human rights violations unless it returns to the day when it treated them as crimes rather than as policy options.
    Jul 20, 2009
  • May 1, 2007