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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 Int. 0318-2014 which would prohibit employers from checking into applicants’ criminal histories until later in the hiring process (February 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoner reentry into the workforce

Testimony before the NYC Council on Examining the Operations of New York City’s Summons Courts (December 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Summons Parts

Amicus brief: Solla v. Berlin (New York Court of Appeals)(December 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Attorneys Fees

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)