In-person event in the framework of the 139th session of the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) and the Committee's review of the United States of Americas. The event will explore the human rights impacts of discriminatory, abusive and unaccountable law enforcement actions at the US-Mexico border. Excessive use of force by local, state and federal law enforcement is on the rise in the United States, and 2022 was the deadliest. There are reports of 1,000 killings and 250,000 injuries by law enforcement each year. The vast majority are people of African or Latino descent and many are residents of communities along the US-Mexico border. Few police officers and no border agents have been convicted of an on-duty killing. Widespread use of force and systematic impunity stem from the United States' deficient use of force standards.
The program includes a short video, panel discussion and Q&As, with remarks by:
- Carolina Hernandez, Advisor on Migration of OHCHR
- Roxanna Altholz of the Berkley Law International Human Rights Law Clinic
- Andrea Guerrero of Alliance San Diego and Start With Dignity Campaign
- Community members from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas