Andrea was a co-author for Education Not Deportation: Impacts of New York City School Safety Policies on Immigrant Youth, published by Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) 2006.
In recent years, South Asian youth members of YouthPower!, a program of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), have increasingly been reporting negative experiences they and their peers are having with police and other authorities in and around their schools. They expressed concerns about being criminalized and feeling vulnerable in the very spaces in which they are supposed to feel safe and protected. There has been little discussion and documentation of the particular impacts of the Bloomberg administration’s current approach to so-called “school safety” issues through the implementation of “zero tolerance” policies and the increased reliance on school safety agents and NYPD officers to enforce school discipline on immigrant youth in general, and South Asian youth, many of whom are Muslim, in particular. Therefore, in 2004, YouthPower! in partnership with the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center set out to investigate and document the problems identified and experienced by South Asian immigrant youth with school and police authorities as a result of the Administration’s current approach to school safety, and to make founded recommendations and proposals that would ensure a truly safe learning environment for all students.
The findings and recommendations of this report are based on the analysis of 662 surveys and five focus groups conducted with South Asian immigrant youth by YouthPower! members between April 2004 and January 2006, as well as an extensive compilation and analysis of secondary data sources and documents.