The Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative (PfP) grew out of a series of conversations among American Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities, and among federal, state and local law enforcement leaders, that began in the fall of 2001. After the attacks of September 11th, leaders in the Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities realized a critical need to define themselves as distinctly American communities who, like all Americans, had every desire to help prevent another terrorist attack.

At the same time, law enforcement recognized that the tools used prior to September 11th were inadequate to the new post-September 11th task. Although traditional investigative tools had been useful in achieving a quick and thorough response to September 11th, law enforcement needed enhanced tools to effectively prevent future acts of terror. Specifically, September 11th reinforced the idea that for law enforcement agencies to effectively prevent future acts of terrorism, it would require the cooperation and assistance of the American Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities. Embedded within these communities are the linguistic skills, information and cultural insights necessary to assist law enforcement in its efforts to identify suspicious behavior. In order to have access to these critical tools and information, law enforcement recognized the need to build the bridges required for effective communication with these groups.

PFP promotes a community policing paradigm as an effective counter-terrorism tool. When communities and law enforcement work together there is a greater ability to be pro-active against crime, including terrorism. Through community outreach and education, of both law enforcement and the Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian communities, partnerships can be cultivated that will effective thwart terrorist attack and deter hate crimes.

PfP engages in research, organizes conferences and fosters domestic and international relationships with communities and law enforcement. We are a neutral organization that promotes a message of trust, cooperation and collaboration to ensure a safer tomorrow for us all.


Deborah Ramirez, Executive Director

Deborah Ramirez, Executive Director

Derborah is a Professor of Law at NUSL, teaching first year and upper level Criminal Justice, as well as an upper level National Security course. She is actively involved in University affairs and dedicates herself to combating major social issues including Islamophobia and racial profiling. Deborah tries to heighten social awareness through speaking at international conferences and testifying before Congress. Her affiliation with PfP allows her to participate in research and programs that strive to resolve the issues of Islamophobia and develop counter-terrorism strategies that incorporate a community policing model.

Tara Lai Quinlan

Tara Lai Quinlan, Director

Tara is a practicing attorney and the Director of the Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative (PfP).   She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, and the University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing an LLM at King's College London, where she is focusing on post-9/11 community policing and profiling issues.