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Racial Profiling and Systemic Discrimination of Racialized Youth

2011

Racial Profiling and Systemic Discrimination of Racialized Youth

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This report was published by Commission Des Droits De La Personne Et Des Droits De La Jeunesse.

HERE’S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:

The mission of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (the Commission) is to ensure the promotion and respect of the principles set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, a quasi-constitutional law. The Commission is specifically mandated to ensure that Quebec’s laws, by-laws, standards and institutional practices, both public and private, comply with the Charter, which prohibits discrimination based on ‘œrace’, colour, ethnic or national origin and religion in the exercise of human rights and freedoms.

Based on this responsibility, the Commission decided to conduct a public consultation on racial profiling. Of course, racial profiling is only one of the manifestations of the discrimination experienced by young members of racialized minorities. Although discrimination persists in a number of sectors, such as the job and housing markets and in the area of sports, the Commission limited its consultation to racial profiling and systemic discrimination in the public services provided by institutions that play a key role in the lives of youth: public security, the education system, and the youth protection system.

As will be seen in this report, the available data and the testimony that was heard confirm that racialized youth are at greater risk of being punished for violations of their school’s code of conduct, forced into educational paths that are not suited to their needs, and reported and placed under the care of the Director of Youth Protection (DYP).

Eid, P., & Magloire, J. (2011). Racial profiling and systemic discrimination of racialized youth report of the consultation on racial profiling and its consequences. Québec, Que.: Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse.

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