Monday, February 17, 2014

Justice major Kimberly Del Frate presents at Western Society of Criminology Conference

Kimberly Del Frate, Justice major and a member of the University Honors College, made a presentation at the recent Western Society of Criminology Conference (WSC) on "The Arizona Issue: Racial Profiling and Civil Rights in Immigration Law Enforcement." The conference was held February 6-8 in Honolulu.

The presentation is based on her honors thesis.  Dr. Cory R. Lepage is her thesis advisor, and Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., is her thesis reader.  Her paper examines the questions in constitutionality  and civil rights concerns that arise with enforcement of Arizona's SB 1070 - Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act - also known as the "Show Your Papers" law. A major focus of her work is whether or not implementation of the SB1070 constitutes racial profiling by law enforcement.

The Western Society of Criminology is a regional professional society devoted to the scientific study of crime. The society attracts scholars, students, government officials, and practitioners from both the public and private sectors from around the world.

Funding for Kimberly's conference participation and presentation was from the UAA Justice Center and a competitive UAA Honors College Discovery Grant.