Securing Our Rights in the Information-Sharing Era #RWG

Securing Our Rights in the Information-Sharing Era

A convening on national security, surveillance, and immigration enforcement

December 1 – 2, 2011
San Francisco, CA

The Rights Working Group convening will bring together organizers, policy experts, and community leaders to better connect our work.  This is an opportune time for the “Securing Our Rights” convening.  This year marks not only the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, but also 15 years since the passage of the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996” (IIRAIRA), the bill that established the 287(g) program which later set the stage for Secure Communities program, and 40 years since the war on drugs was waged on low income communities and communities of color.


The government has used each of these events to expand policies and invest in enforcement strategies that violate our civil liberties and human rights.  As the government has expanded these tactics, it has also invested resources to build a massive, complicated information sharing system where law enforcement agencies are given new powers.  Law enforcement can now search through emails, listen to phone calls, track purchases and collect files on people who may or may not be suspected of any crimes.  Local law enforcement is enforcing federal immigration laws, engaging in racial profiling and funneling migrants into detention and deportation.  These enforcement tactics employed across the country and at the borders in the name of national security and immigration enforcement are affecting the rights of everyone in the United States.

As the government expands enforcement policies and practices, it is critical to link our efforts to stop harsh immigration enforcement policies, surveillance, and infringement of privacy rights.  Attend the “Securing Our Rights in the Information-Sharing Era” convening and learn about existing data sharing programs and the different federal, public, and private agencies involved in these programs; develop capacity to fight back; and connect privacy experts with the communities affected by surveillance and information sharing.  Join us in San Francisco!

Co-hosts: Asian Law Caucus, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Muslim Advocates and Rights Working Group.

Planning Committee: Advancement Project, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU – San Diego, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Asian American Justice Center, Asian Law Caucus, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Council on American-Islamic Relations – San Francisco Bay Area, Detention Watch Network, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Muslim Advocates, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, National Network for Arab American Communities and South Asian Network.

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