The Alliance Against Racial Profiling is a Swiss-wide movement that fights institutional racism in the policing institution and the border regime, as well as the structural racism across Swiss society which leads to racial profiling. We formed in the fall of 2015 and appeared publicly for the first time in 2016 in the context of the legal proceedings of Mohamed Wa Baile against the Zurich City Police. In the course of these strategic legal proceedings, we continue to develop nationwide activities and support local anti-racist initiatives. We do this with the intention of motivating the public, politicians and civil society to address racial profiling and to commit to thinking and acting critically of racism.
Our goals are:
- Empowerment: we empower people who experience racism, and their allies, to actively engage against structural racism.
- Knowledge production: we research and communicate critical knowledge about racial profiling and structural racism.
- Intervention: we intervene in public discourse and political and administrative institutions.
Our work includes:
- Strategic legal action: We intervene legally with the goal of resisting injustice and raising public awareness. Currently, we are supporting the legal cases of "Wa Baile" and "Wilson A".
- Collaborative Research: We study racial profiling as a structural phenomenon from historical, social science, and legal perspectives. The results are published in books and journals.
- Trial Monitoring: We coordinate an interdisciplinary team that monitors, documents, and analyzes court proceedings that deal with racial profiling. We have studied the trial of Mohamed Wa Baile most extensively.
- Legislative Interventions: We draft opinions and formulate concrete proposals for improvements at the legal level. Examples include the Racial/Ethnic Profiling Opinion and the report to the Human Rights Committee.
- Empowerment initiatives: We develop projects such as Direct Action Teams and Tribunals that empower people to address racism and build their own initiatives.