Advocacy Groups Unite for Meeting with TSA Leadership
19, 2011 (Washington, DC) – Last week, representatives of
the UNITED SIKHS, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
(SALDEF), and Sikh Coalition met with the head of the U.S.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Administrator John
Pistole, as well as other TSA officials, to highlight the
discriminatory screening of Sikhs at American airports.
week, Representatives of the UNITED SIKHS, Sikh American Legal Defense
and Education Fund (SALDEF), and Sikh Coalition met with the head of
the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Administrator
John Pistole to discuss racial & religious profiling of Sikhs
at American Airports.
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The meeting was led and made possible by Congresswoman Judy Chu
(CA-32), who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
Representatives of the offices of Congressman John Conyers (MI-14) and
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18) were also present to support
the Sikh community.
here to read our joint memorandum to the TSA .
Our organizations offer gratitude to the offices of Congresswoman Judy
Chu, Congressman John Conyers, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee for
their support of civil rights, as well as to TSA Administrator Pistole
and other TSA officials for their willingness to listen to and address
the Sikh community’s concerns.
TSA officials pledged to examine the issues raised by the Sikh advocacy
organizations, including the status of the current secondary screening
policy; the impact of a new risk-based screening policy on Sikh
travelers; the screening of Sikh children who wear patkas; updates to
cultural sensitivity trainings; and improvements to the TSA complaint
process for travelers who are mistreated.
We will continue to insist that TSA adopt a fair and equitable
screening policy for all travelers, regardless of race, ethnicity,
nationality, or origin. In the meantime, if you suffer unfair
treatment at an American airport, please
contact one of our organizations for assistance.
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