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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.

 

   Updated: June 13, 2016