United States Commission on Civil Rights

United States Commission on Civil Rights Official page of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. For more information about USSCR, please visit www.usccr.gov. We are also on Twitter: @USCCRgov

Established as an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency, our mission is to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. We pursue this mission by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. We play a vital role in advancing civil rights through objective and comprehensive investigation, research, and analysis on issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and the public. If you are looking for more information about the Commission, please visit www.usccr.gov

Mission: Our commissioners, national and regional office staff of civil rights analysts, social scientists, attorneys, administrative personnel, and our volunteer state advisory committee members execute our mission in a number of ways. Among them are: -Holding public briefings, issuing press releases, making information publicly available on our Web site, and providing a complaint referral service to promote greater public awareness of civil rights issues, protections and enforcement; -Conducting hearings on critically important civil rights issues, including issuing subpoenas for the production of documents and the attendance of witnesses; -Publishing significant studies and reports on a wide range of the civil rights issues, that typically include findings and recommendations, to inform and advise policy-makers; and -Sustaining advisory committee involvement in national program planning to strengthen fact-finding by broadening the scope of the research to include state and local perspectives and data.

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USCCR State Advisory Committee Announcement The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces the Appointment of Advisory Co...
08/24/2020

USCCR State Advisory Committee Announcement

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces the Appointment of Advisory Committee Members for Kansas

#KSSAC #USCCRSAC

USCCR Appointment Announcement The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces the Appointment of J. Christian Adams, Virg...
08/14/2020

USCCR Appointment Announcement

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces the Appointment of J. Christian Adams, Virginia, by President Trump

The full press release can be found here:https://usccr.gov/files/2020-08-14-Announcement-of-USCCR-Commissioner-Adams.pdf

08/08/2020
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar

LIVE NOW: Tune in to my #ElPasoStrong: Combating Hate with Action 🧡 Virtual Town Hall!

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chair Catherine Lhamon will join Congresswoman Veronica Escobar for the El Paso Strong: ...
08/05/2020
El Paso Strong: Combating Hate with Action Town Hall | Congresswoman Veronica Escobar

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chair Catherine Lhamon will join Congresswoman Veronica Escobar for the El Paso Strong: Combating Hate with Action Virtual Town Hall on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11 a.m. MT.

To mark one-year after El Paso faced an indescribable pain and horror fueled by hate and racism, Congresswoman Escobar will honor the victims and survivors and discuss what Congress is doing to end gun violence and domestic terrorism. Congresswoman Escobar will be joined by national experts on these issues, including Commission Chair Lhamon.
The town hall is free and open to the public and ASL interpretation will be available.

Join Congresswoman Veronica Escobar for the El Paso Strong: Combating Hate with Action Virtual Town Hall on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11 a.m. MT.

USCCR State Advisory Committee StatementStatement of the Connecticut Advisory Committee on Racial Disparities and Crimin...
07/30/2020

USCCR State Advisory Committee Statement

Statement of the Connecticut Advisory Committee on Racial Disparities and Criminal Justice

USCCR Staff Director Mauro Morales and wife Janet Murguia pay their respects as Rep. John Lewis lies in state at US Capi...
07/29/2020

USCCR Staff Director Mauro Morales and wife Janet Murguia pay their respects as Rep. John Lewis lies in state at US Capitol.

View the USCCR statement regarding the passing of Rep. Lewis here:https://www.usccr.gov/files/2020-07-24-John-Lewis-Memoriam.pdf

USCCR State Advisory Committee Report Civil Rights and the Gender Wage Gap in Utah Visit our Website to view full report...
07/28/2020

USCCR State Advisory Committee Report

Civil Rights and the Gender Wage Gap in Utah

Visit our Website to view full report:https://usccr.gov/files/2020-07-28-UT-SAC-Gender-Wage-Gap-Report.pdf

USCCR State Advisory Committee Announcement Commission Seeks Applicants for Advisory Committees in Arkansas, California,...
07/27/2020

USCCR State Advisory Committee Announcement

Commission Seeks Applicants for Advisory Committees in Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming

Resources for interested applicants are available at:https://usccr.gov/pubs/2019/SAC-FAQs.pdf
https://usccr.gov/pubs/sac.php

Application can be found here: https://surveymonkey.com/r/S7WCLL6

Congressman John Lewis made the nation better because he challenged it to live up to its promise of equal justice under ...
07/24/2020

Congressman John Lewis made the nation better because he challenged it to live up to its promise of equal justice under law. His lifelong unwavering commitment to racial justice was rooted in the dignity of all human beings.

See full statement here:https://usccr.gov/files/2020-07-24-John-Lewis-Memoriam.pdf

USCCR Official Statement July 17, 2020 -  U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Majority Supports the Washington, D.C. Admissi...
07/18/2020

USCCR Official Statement

July 17, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Majority Supports the Washington, D.C. Admission Act

USCCR Official Statement July 17, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Majority Applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s Rece...
07/18/2020

USCCR Official Statement

July 17, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Majority Applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s Recent Decision Upholding U.S. Treaties with Native Americans

USCCR Official Statement July 17, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Majority Acknowledges Decision to Change the Na...
07/18/2020

USCCR Official Statement

July 17, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Majority Acknowledges Decision to Change the Name of the Washington D.C. Football Team

ReminderThe U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will be holding it's first virtual briefing on July 17, 2020U.S. Commission ...
07/17/2020

Reminder

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will be holding it's first virtual briefing on July 17, 2020

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Virtual Public Briefing:
Assessing COVID-19 and the Broken Promises to Native Americans

Link to full announcement:https://usccr.gov/files/2020-06-25-Save-the-Date.pdf

Commission News:May 13, 2020 - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces the Appointment of Stephen Gilchrist, South...
05/14/2020

Commission News:

May 13, 2020 - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces the Appointment of Stephen Gilchrist, South Carolina, by President Trump

04/01/2020
www.usccr.gov

Today, the United States Commission on Civil Rights, an independent, bipartisan federal agency, released a new report called “Federal #MeToo: Examining Sexual Harassment in Government Workplaces.” The report examines the federal government’s response to workplace sexual harassment. The Commission analyzed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) enforcement efforts to combat workplace sexual harassment in the federal government, and agency practices at the Department of State and NASA.

Report Here:https://www.usccr.gov/pubs/2020/04-01-Federal-Me-Too.pdf

Announcement:April 1, 2020 - Public Conference Call, Report Release - Federal #MeToo: Examining Sexual Harassment in Fed...
03/23/2020

Announcement:

April 1, 2020 - Public Conference Call, Report Release - Federal #MeToo: Examining Sexual Harassment in Federal Workplaces

Commission News: March 20, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Voices Concern Over Executive Proclamation Expanding E...
03/20/2020

Commission News:

March 20, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Voices Concern Over Executive Proclamation Expanding Existing Orders on Religious and National Origin Travel Discrimination

Commission News: March 20, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Unanimously Calls for Adequate Healthcare in Prisons a...
03/20/2020

Commission News:

March 20, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Unanimously Calls for Adequate Healthcare in Prisons and Detention Centers During COVID-19 Outbreak

Commission News:March 20, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Expresses Concern Over Growing Anti-Asian Racism and Xe...
03/20/2020

Commission News:

March 20, 2020 - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Expresses Concern Over Growing Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

03/12/2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and reported cases climb, the Commission has made the difficult decision to postpone the briefing on Racial Disparities in Maternal Health that was to be held next Friday, March 20th, 2020 in DC. The decision was not made lightly and was done out of caution to ensure the safety and health of participants and Commission staff. The Commission is looking to reschedule the briefing at a future date and will be updating the public once we have more information.

Official Report Release: "Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars"The full-text report is available here: https://w...
02/26/2020

Official Report Release:

"Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars"

The full-text report is available here:
https://www.usccr.gov/pubs/2020/02-26-Women-in-Prison.pdf

Press Release below and available here:
https://www.usccr.gov/press/2020/02-26-Women-in-Prison-PR.pdf
https://www.usccr.gov/press/2020/02-26-Women-in-Prison-Spanish-PR.pdf

SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Commission Report Release and Conference Call: “Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars” Fe...
02/06/2020

SAVE THE DATE!

Upcoming Commission Report Release and Conference Call:

“Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars”

February 26th, 2020

Full details available here:https://www.usccr.gov/press/2020/02-05-Women-in-Prison-Save-the-Date.pdf

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT: “The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Expresses  Concern Over Treatment of Iranian Americans” Full st...
01/31/2020
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OFFICIAL STATEMENT: “The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Expresses Concern Over Treatment of Iranian Americans”

Full statement available here:https://usccr.gov/press/2020/01-30-USCCR-Statement-on-Iranian-Americans.pdf

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UPCOMING REPORT: “Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars” to be released on February 26, 2020. We will be holding ...
01/29/2020

UPCOMING REPORT: “Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars” to be released on February 26, 2020.

We will be holding a Telephonic Press Conference and Stakeholder Call.

Official details are forthcoming.

For media inquiries contact: [email protected]

NOTICE: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will be holding a Public Telephonic Business Meeting When: January 30, 2020,...
01/29/2020

NOTICE: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will be holding a Public Telephonic Business Meeting

When: January 30, 2020, 10:30 a.m EDT.

Public Call in #: 1-800-635-7637

Website Public Notice: https://t.co/4xO5pz15cZ?amp=1

Please see our West Virginia Committee’s advisory memorandum on the interaction between individuals with mental health i...
01/16/2020

Please see our West Virginia Committee’s advisory memorandum on the interaction between individuals with mental health issues and the criminal justice system. We thank members of our 51 state Advisory committees for their efforts to help safeguard #CivilRights https://bit.ly/2NyyLfx

Our West Virginia Advisory Committee recently issued a report on negative collateral consequences facing individuals wit...
01/14/2020

Our West Virginia Advisory Committee recently issued a report on negative collateral consequences facing individuals with a criminal record. Our state Committees do amazing work in service to #CivilRights https://bit.ly/2TnrJOt

On this day in 1958, President Eisenhower swore in the first six Commissioners of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, e...
01/03/2020

On this day in 1958, President Eisenhower swore in the first six Commissioners of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, established by the Civil Rights Act of 1957. In our 7th decade, the Commission continues its legacy of impact in civil rights

Join us this Friday, Dec. 20, at 12:00 pm ET: Our Commissioners’ public conference call to discuss planning for site vis...
12/18/2019

Join us this Friday, Dec. 20, at 12:00 pm ET: Our Commissioners’ public conference call to discuss planning for site visits for our project on subminimum wages paid to individuals with disabilities under Section 14(c) of Fair Labor Standards Act. ICYMI, last month we held a public briefing on the issue: https://bit.ly/2Pywmms Friday's public call dial-in (listen-only): 866-556-2519, conf. ID 5366190 Call details: https://bit.ly/34yEmZ8

We congratulate individuals recently appointed to our Maryland & West Virginia state Advisory Committees. Our Committees...
12/18/2019

We congratulate individuals recently appointed to our Maryland & West Virginia state Advisory Committees. Our Committees and their volunteer members are the Commission’s eyes & ears on the ground for advocating for civil rights. We thank them for their service & dedication. Earlier this year, the Commission appointed members to our Committees in Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington state & Wisconsin. https://bit.ly/2M96gUY

We invite you to view the Commission's recent report, "Trauma at the Border: The Human Cost of Inhumane Immigration Poli...
12/12/2019
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We invite you to view the Commission's recent report, "Trauma at the Border: The Human Cost of Inhumane Immigration Policies": https://bit.ly/2PBzdtI

The Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy for asylum-seekers has sparked a human rights crisis that already has killed several people, and it’s getting worse, according to volunteers working in Mexican border towns and a recent report from a federal watchdog.

On Friday, Dec. 20, at 12:00 pm ET, Commissioners will discuss planning for site visits to inform the Commission’s proje...
12/12/2019

On Friday, Dec. 20, at 12:00 pm ET, Commissioners will discuss planning for site visits to inform the Commission’s project on subminimum wages paid to people with disabilities under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Public dial-in (listen-only): 866-556-2519, call ID 5366190. End time subject to change.

Today, Commissioners heard a presentation by West Virginia Advisory Committee Chair Lisa Younis today about the Committe...
12/05/2019

Today, Commissioners heard a presentation by West Virginia Advisory Committee Chair Lisa Younis today about the Committee's report on civil rights impacts of collateral consequences that affects the prospects of individuals with criminal records. See the Committee's report at: bit.ly/34QLAZp

Today, the Commission majority issued a statement urging Congress to prioritize civil rights oversight and legislation: ...
12/05/2019

Today, the Commission majority issued a statement urging Congress to prioritize civil rights oversight and legislation: https://bit.ly/34Y2PrG Today’s statement updates the Commission’s December 2018 statement - https://t.co/YFpoYDuXyz - based on the Commission’s investigative activity over the past year, and the continuing urgent need to restore our nation’s commitment to civil rights

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