United Communities works with law enforcement agencies to help them effectively engage Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities. The project aims to improve officers’ awareness and sensitivity to the issues facing AMEMSA community members, thus helping officers support their own homeland security goals.

Looking at some of the unique challenges faced by AMEMSA community members—including being the target of suspicion, harassment, and bigotry—United Communities works to bridge the cultural divide and build trust between police and the communities they serve. United Communities is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). 

Project Objectives

  • To increase trust and collaboration between law enforcement and AMEMSA community members. 

  • To help law enforcement officers improve their sensitivity and understanding of the issues facing AMEMSA communities—both for crime fighting and victim service strategies.