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Committee on Civil Rights

The Committee on Civil Rights addresses both civil rights and civil liberties matters. The Committee’s civil rights concerns include issues affecting racial, ethnic and religious minorities, the rights of people with disabilities, and the scope and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws. The Committee’s civil liberties concerns include First Amendment and Due Process rights, as well as other constitutional protections against overreaching by state actors. The Committee on Civil Rights' membership includes attorneys from state and local government agencies, law firms, not-for-profit organizations, and law school faculty.


Recent Reports

Report on A.113/S.758 re: Awarding Attorneys’ Fees and Exemplary Damages in Discrimination Cases (July 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Attorneys’ Fees

Report on The Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (April 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Credit Discrimination

Report on 2015-16 Executive Budget Proposal, the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015 (March 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Grand Jury

For the full list of committee reports click here


Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.


Resources

What Passage of the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean for Same-Sex Couples in New York: A Multidisciplinary Forum - 10/4/11 Event Materials


Of Interest

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor
(PDF)

New York City Bar Association Hosts Public Forum on LGBT Rights in Africa (April 2012) (Blog)