Vera Institute of Justice
Uniting Communities Post-9/11
Since 9/11, an extensive array of national and state laws and policies have been enacted to support homeland security, but while these government actions have helped protect our country from violence, many observers have recounted that they have sometimes done so at the expense of the civil liberties and public safety of certain communities. AMEMSA communitiy members, in particular, have had their trustworthiness questioned by some and have been subjected to suspicion, bigotry, and bias crimes. These crimes often go unreported and unaddressed by law enforcement and the public at large.