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Deborah Ramirez
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Professor Ramirez writes and lectures about racial profiling, community policing multiracial identity, race and criminal justice, jury selection, disenfranchisement of ethnic groups from jury service, and the historical role and function of the jury. Over the past several years, she has worked as a consultant to the US Department of Justice on issues of racial profiling and data collection. With Department of Justice funding, she, along with Northeastern University colleagues in the College of Criminal Justice, authored a resource guide on racial profiling data collection systems that has been disseminated nationally to state and local law enforcement organizations.

In 2003, Professor Ramirez was selected as a senior fellow by the Soros Foundation to write a Promising Practices Guide for developing partnerships between the Arab, Muslim and Sikh communities and law enforcement in Los Angeles, Dearborn (Michigan) and Boston. Professor Ramirez is executive director of the Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative, which seeks to develop the best practices for building and strengthening these partnerships. In this capacity, she has testified before two House of Representatives Subcommittees regarding partnership building.

Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty in 1989, Professor Ramirez was an associate with the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr and an assistant US attorney in Boston, where she was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Task Force Unit. In that position, she was in charge of numerous investigations, trials, and appeals. Professor Ramirez teaches Criminal Justice, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and a variety of seminars. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her JD from Harvard Law School.

Blog Entries by Deborah Ramirez

The Boston Tragedy Reveals the Need for Community-Based Counterterrorism Strategies

(22) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 1:28 PM

As part of the Boston community, we share the sadness of last week's Boston Marathon bombings. Thanks to excellent police work and public cooperation, Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev were identified as the perpetrators and are reportedly unaffiliated with any larger terrorist network. But going forward, how can law...

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Posthumous Profiling? Puzzling Pieces Abound in the Trayvon Martin Case

(19) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 11:21 AM

There seems to be no end to the proliferation of puzzling information in the wake of the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin. While the evidence suggests that George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin before killing him, many now wonder whether the Sanford Police posthumously profiled Trayvon as well by failing...

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Partnerships, Not Islamophobia, Must Dictate US Counterterrorism Policy

(31) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 3:25 PM

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) did his best to demonstrate that McCarthyism is not dead by making Islamophobia the new version of 1950's Communism. Further, his assertions that American Muslims have not helped law enforcement are just plain wrong.

University of North Carolina Prof. Charles Kurzman's new

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Muslim-Police Community Partnerships Will Thwart Homegrown Terrorism

(12) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 1:02 PM

In April 2008, Isa Ibrahim spoke with members of his mosque in Bristol, England, about his plans to die in a suicide bombing. He showed mosque members injuries on his hands, including marks from shards of glass, which he said were caused when a bottle blew up while he...

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