Equality Under Pressure: A Portrait Series

The Dutch pride themselves on being members of an open, tolerant, and fair society. But for a growing number of people in the Netherlands, this ideal is being put under pressure by proactive police actions.

A new report documents how ethnic minorities in the Netherlands, mainly of Moroccan, Surinamese, and Antillean backgrounds, are more frequently stopped and searched by police than white people, purely because of the way they look. This is ethnic profiling.

But what does it mean to be targeted by police? And what impact does it have?

We asked those who would know. In this portrait series, which features photographs by Ed Kashi, seven young men and two police officers talked to us about their experiences. Their testimony reveals ethnic profiling's hidden toll.