Law enforcement and Arab American community relations after September 11, 2001: engagement in a time of uncertainty

05/31/2006
Nicole J. Henderson

Vera's two-year study of relations between Arab Americans and law enforcement in the United States following September 11, 2001 found, among other things, that Arab Americans fear the intrusion of federal policies and practices even more than individual acts of hate or violence, and that many local police are reluctant to enforce immigration law. The report identifies examples of partnerships and innovations that have successfully bridged gaps identified in the study. It cites recommendations and opportunities for restoring trust and creating alliances to reduce crime and address terrorism and other public safety concerns. The study was funded by the National Institute of Justice.