Immigrant Communities

Engaging Police in Immigrant Communities Project
Vera Institute of Justice
Pradine Saint-Fort, Noëlle Yasso, and Susan Shah

The Vera Insitute's Engaging Police in Immigrant Communities (EPIC) project works to overcome barriers that exist between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they serve. The project provides law enforcement agencies with useful information—drawn from other jurisdictions—about promising practices for strengthening their relationships with immigrant communities.

The EPIC project began in 2010, when Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice received a grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office), to assess promising practices in police-immigrant relations throughout the United States. Over two years, EPIC staff will identify law enforcement agencies that are successfully building strong relationships with immigrant communities and feature their work in a publication and podcasts. These resources will highlight effective ways that jurisdictions can restore, cultivate, and maintain partnerships with immigrant communities.