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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

Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices (January 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Stop and Frisk

Amicus Brief: Township of Mount Holly, New Jersey v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. (U.S. Supreme Court, October 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Fair Housing Act

Amicus Brief: Blum v. Holder (U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, July 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

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)