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Deaths in police custody, 'under-protection' of minority ethnic communities, and shocking stop and search figures all contribute to the view that the criminal justice system is not on the side of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Eighteen years removed from the death of Stephen Lawrence, ROTA's final Transformative Justice Project publication explores the complex issues behind trust and confidence in the criminal justice system, assessing the impact of community and institutional initiatives and making the case for a redoubled effort to (re)build BAME trust and confidence in the criminal justice system.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic women's organisations are once again fighting for survival amid inadequate funding, discrimination and policy short sightedness. ROTA CEO Dr Elizabeth Henry asks why policy makers keep failing to meet their needs.
The Equality Act 2010 can make a difference, provided local communities work collectively to make it work for them, argues a new publication from Race on the Agenda (ROTA). In ROTA's latest Supplement publication, The Equality Act 2010: What difference does it make?, experts from the voluntary sector talk about the importance of the Act for protected groups and the practical steps we can take to make it work for us. The range of topics, from HIV and employment to disability, dispel perceptions of the Act as either a cumbersome hunk of legislation or an inaccessible, unenforceable writ of law. Instead, the authors, with caution, point to examples of success and conclude that, as with many things in the sector, it really is up to us.