Watch Our Stand Against Racism Policy Briefing: Ending Racial Profiling & the Criminalization of Women & Girls of Color

On Thursday, April 26, we hosted a policy briefing on ending the racial profiling and criminalization of women and girls of color. This event featured a number of dynamic speakers, including experts in the field, leaders from local YWCAs, and members of Congress, and also featured an excerpt from the Oscar-nominated HBO film “Traffic Stop.”



Event Description:

Women and girls of color routinely experience racial profiling in traffic stops, airport security screening, border and immigration enforcement, schools, and other interactions with government institutions and law enforcement. They also experience profiling, criminalization and police violence in their own homes, in private settings such as hospitals and social services, in front of children, and when in need of help from domestic violence and other threats to their safety. These experiences at the intersection of race, gender and violence are too often unexplored by current policy narratives around both mass incarceration and violence against women, yet have profound implications for the health and safety of women and girls of color. Hosted during YWCA’s signature Stand Against Racism campaign, this legislative briefing explored legislative and policy solutions to decrease racial profiling and criminalization of girls and women of color, and the role of civic engagement in addressing this issue.

Honorary Congressional Host Committee:

Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls,
co-chaired by Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman, Robin L. Kelly, and Yvette D. Clarke
U.S. Senators Cory Booker, Ben Cardin, Kamala D. Harris, and Heidi Heitkamp


  • Andrea J. Ritchie, Author, Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Women of Color, and Researcher-in-Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women
  • Isa Noyola, Deputy Director, Transgender Law Center
  • Caroline LaPorte, Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
  • Sameera Hafiz, Senior Policy Strategist, Immigration Law Resource Center
  • Angela- Jo Touza-Medina, Executive Director, YWCA Greater Austin
  • Asia Fuqua, YWCA Dayton Volunteer and Student, Wright State University