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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 regarding the need for greater funding of the New York City Commission on Human Rights (May 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: New York City Commission on Human Rights

Report on A.7958/S.3866 which would create a new definition for a “three-unit service dog team” (May 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Service Animals

Letter to Mayor de Blasio outlining recommendations on issues concerning the protection of the civil rights and civil liberties of New Yorkers (April 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Civil Liberties

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.


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

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