The goal of RAP’s Break the Link Campaign is to remove connections between local law enforcement and immigration enforcement in order to prevent deportations and family separation resulting from minor offenses, and to create trust and communication between law enforcement and the community to promote a safer Aurora for all of us.
The goal of RAP’s Break the Link Campaign is to promote a safer Aurora for all of us by:
· Disconnecting local law enforcement from immigration enforcement to prevent deportations and family separation resulting from minor offenses, and
· Creating trust and communication between law enforcement and the community
In 2008,RAP began organizing with Aurora community members to improverelationships with Aurora Police.This work developed out of a series of Know Your Rights workshops in whichmany immigrants and other residentsexpressed fear and mistrust of the policedue toprevious incidents andthe rise oflaws and programs tying local law enforcement to immigration.
RAP members spoke to hundreds of people through our Know Your Rights workshops and established communication between the police and the community through a series of forums and dialogues.
RAP also formed a Cultural Competency Task Force which succeeded in receiving and reviewing the Aurora Police Academy Curriculum and submitting suggestions for improvements.
RAP is advocating for:
· Passage of the Trust Act, a piece of legislation that re-establishes the federal government as the responsible party for immigration enforcement and removes the requirement that police report “suspected” undocumented immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This work is being done in collaboration with the Campaign to Unite Colorado.
· Disconnecting local law enforcement from federal programs like Secure Communities. When community members and law enforcement trust each other and work together to solve problems, our community is safer for everyone.
To get involved in RAP’s Break the Link Campaign or for more information, contact Lizeth at firstname.lastname@example.org / 303-893-3500 x103.