Summary: S.1038 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)

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Introduced in Senate (05/23/2013)

End Racial Profiling Act of 2013 – Prohibits any law enforcement agent or agency from engaging in racial profiling. Grants the United States or an individual injured by racial profiling the right to obtain declaratory or injunctive relief.

Requires federal law enforcement agencies to maintain adequate policies and procedures to eliminate racial profiling and to cease existing practices that permit racial profiling.

Requires state or local governmental entities or state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies that apply for grants under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and the Cops on the Beat Program to certify that they maintain adequate policies and procedures for eliminating racial profiling and have eliminated any existing practices that permit or encourage racial profiling.

Authorizes the Attorney General to award grants and contracts for the collection of data relating to racial profiling and for the development of best practices and systems to eliminate racial profiling. Requires the Attorney General to issue regulations for the collection and compilation of data on racial profiling and for the implementation of this Act.

S.1038 – End Racial Profiling Act of 2013

Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 05/23/2013)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: 05/23/2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


This bill has the status Introduced

Here are the steps for Status of Legislation:

  1. Introduced XXX  5/23/2013
  2. Passed Senate
  3. Passed House
  4. To President
  5. Became Law
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The End Racial Profiling Act (2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011), or ERPA for short, would outlaw racial profiling – where the police stop you because of your race. It is a common experience for black  and Native American men and, increasingly, for Latinos and those who look “Muslim”.

ERPA would:

  1. Outlaw profiling by race, religion, ethnicity or national origin by police and other law enforcement at all levels of government. It would become a crime!
  2. Provide training to make profiling less common.
  3. Provide the right to sue, making it easier to take profilers to court.
  4. Require progress reports on profiling from the Justice Department.

It has yet to pass Congress. 


Racial profiling underlies the murder of Trayvon Martin, the Japanese American internment, New York’s “stop and frisk” policy, driving while black, Arizona’s SB 1070, the Wen Ho Lee case, the mass incarceration of black men, etc.

The FBI does it…

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