About the Issue
Why This Matters
- CCLA’s Youth Rights and Policing (YRAP) project engaged with racialized youth in various communities on the issue of racial profiling by police. CCLA has appeared numerous times before the Toronto Police Services Board to oppose racial profiling and urge the Board to implement accountability measures. CCLA has also participated in numerous panels and media opportunities to increase public engagement and awareness on this issue.
- CCLA has undertaken a number of advocacy and public engagement initiatives with respect to temporary migrant workers in Canada. We held a conference that addressed questions of immigration and citizenship; we intervened in a case concerning the forced removal of a temporary migrant worker from Canada by his employer (the case did not proceed to a hearing on the merits); we participated in a consultation concerning the actions of Canada Border Service Agency officers in randomly stopping racialized persons and asking for identification; and we submitted a brief to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director concerning a DNA testing sweep of migrant workers.
- CCLA intervened in a case in which a complaint alleging underfunding of social welfare services to First Nations children on reserve had been denied by the Human Rights Tribunal for not meeting the definition of “discrimination.” CCLA’s intervention focused on the need for a purposive understanding of “equality” and “discrimination,” in order to ensure access to the human rights system. This access is particularly critical for marginalized people.
- CCLA’s Youth Rights and Policing (YRAP) project worked with youth to learn about their experiences of racial profiling by police, consult with them on strategies for change, and provide legal information about their rights. The project proved to be empowering for youth, and informed CCLA’s advocacy on this issue.
- CCLA’s advocacy and public engagement efforts – together with the work of numerous other individuals and organizations – led to numerous meetings of the Toronto Police Services Board and resulted in the creation of a Board policy aimed at ending the random stopping, questioning and carding (recording data in police databanks) of racialized youth. Recently, the Toronto Police Chief was reported to have suspended the practice of carding.
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