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Committee: Civil Rights

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

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

Report on H.R. 592, the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013 (July 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Religious Facilities, the Establishment Clause

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

Report supporting the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA)(Reissued February 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Transgender Rights

Report on Int. No. 1080-2013 which would amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to prohibiting bias-based profiling by law enforcement officers (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Stop and Frisk

Report on Int. No. 1079-2013 which would create an inspector general as part of the Department of Investigation (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Department of Investigation, Inspector General

Report on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

Report on the NYPD’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Stop and Frisk

Letter in support for Senator Leahy’s Amendments 6 and 7 to the Boarder Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744 , which would include same sex spouses and permanent partners in family reunification immigration laws (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same Sex Spouses/Permanent Partners, Recognition of in Family Reunification Immigration Laws

Report on New York City Council legislation , Int. No. 0814-2012 (A Version), which would prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s unemployment (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Unemployment Discrimination

Letter to the New York City Council regarding the City’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) with respect to the holding of immigrant New Yorkers subject to ICE detainers (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration on Int. 982 and Int. 989 which would change the current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer policy in New York City by limiting the Department of Correction’s and New York Police Department’s collaboration with ICE (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Amicus Brief: Clapper v. Amnesty International USA (U.S. Supreme Court, September 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Surveillance and Lawyer Client Communications

Letter to Congress opposing H.R. 3041, the Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act (March 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Consent Decrees

Report on A.8800-A/S.6087-A, which would authorize the use of school buildings and school sites for religious meetings and worship when not in use for school purposes (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Establishment Clause, The

Report on Int. No. 0672-2011 which addresses discrimination against persons accompanied by an on-duty police dog (November 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Amicus Brief: The Evergreen Association, Inc. v. City of New York (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, November 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Reproductive Rights

Letter to the New York City Council regarding Intro. No. 632 which would amend the administrative code of the City of New York in relation to unlawful discriminatory practices (July 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Unlawful Discrimination

Report on A.2348/S.5526, in relation to prohibitng employers from discriminating against victims of domestic violence (Reissued June 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Report on A.9024/S.6994, in relation to preventing housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence (Reissued May 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Report regarding A.5788/S.4317 which would amend definition of guide, hearing and service animal under State law (Reissued June 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Service Animals

Amicus Brief: Rothenberg v. NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, March 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Administrative Tribunals

Letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting important steps New York State can take to modernize and enforce New York's civil and human rights laws during his term (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: New York State's Civil and Human Rights Laws

Proposed amendments to State law definitions of guide, hearing and service dogs (Reissued January 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Service Animals

Amicus Brief: NYCLU v. New York City Transit Authority (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, October 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Administrative Adjudications, Right of Access

Supplemental Statement on Pending Legislation Addressing the States Secrets Privilege (May 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: State Secrets

Report on A.1055-B/S.4460-A which would prohibit housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence (March 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Domestic Violence Victims

Report regarding the Don't Ask Don't Tell ("DADT") policy (February 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Amicus Brief: Amnesty International v. John McConnell (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, December 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission commenting on the Commission’s Proposed Rulemaking to revise its Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) regulations and interpretive guidance – RIN 3046-AA85 (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Americans with Disabilities Act

Letter to Congress urging hearing on Don't Ask Don't Tell ("DADT") (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Report on Intro. 816-2008, the Student Safety Act (October 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: New York City Schools

Letter to Congress regarding The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, 18 U.S.C. § 43 (July 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Animal Activists and Organizations

A755-A/S.958-B and A.1055-A/S.4460 which would prohibit employment discrimination and housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Statement on Pending Legislation Addressing the State Secrets Privilege ( PDF format )
Subject area: State Secrets

Statement Concerning the New York Police Department's Stop-and-Frisk Practices (April 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Stop and Frisk

Amicus Brief: Amnesty International USA v. McConnell (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, December 2008) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Statement to the Obama Administration's transition team regarding renewing the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department (December 2008) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Justice Department

Report expressing support for Intro. No. 826, the Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act (the "Clinic Access Bill") (April 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Health Services

Letter to Congress regarding the FISA Amendments Act (June 2008) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Letter to Congress on S. 1959, The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Animal Activists and Organizations

Report in support of Acts expanding classes protected under the Human Rights Law ( PDF format )
Subject area: Protected Classes

Amicus Brief: Doe v. Mukasey (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, March 2008) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Letter to Congress regarding Section 102 of H.R. 4156 (The Orderly and Responsible Redeployment Appropriations Act of 2008) which would establish the United States Army Field Manual FM2-22.3 Human Intelligence Collector Operations as the standard for interrogation by all government personnel ( PDF format )
Subject area: Interrogation

Letter to New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly, regarding the Rand Report and Stop-and-Frisk practices (December 2007) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Stop and Frisk

Letter to Congress expressing opposition to the FISA Amendments Act of 2007 (November 6, 2007) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Letter to Congress discussing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Modernization Act of 2007 (H.R. 3782) and the RESTORE Act (H.R. 3773), both of which are intended to replace the Protect America Act and provide protections against warrantless electronic surveillance of Americans (October 2007) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

A Call for the Repeal or Invalidation of Congressional Restrictions on Legal Services Lawyers ( PDF format )
Subject area: Legal Services, Funding of

Amicus Brief: Khaled El-Masri v. United States of America (U.S. Supreme Court, August 2007) ( PDF format )
Subject area: State Secrets

Amicus Brief: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (US Supreme Court, January 2006) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Civil Liberties/Security

Letter to Congress urging opposition to HR 3138 which would expanded Executive surveillance powers through amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, August 2007 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Report in support of legislation which would amend New York State's Human Rights Law to prohibit employment discrimination (A.1222/S.3052) and housing discrimination (A.5916/S.3072) against actual or perceived victims of domestic violence and stalking ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Letter to Congress urging support for the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (H.R. 9) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Voting

Letter to Congress urging support for the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (S.2703) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Voting

Letter to Congress regarding proposed legislation on electronic surveillance (S.2453 and S.2455), April 2006 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Letter to the Editor of the New York Times, published July 21, 2007 regarding the compromise surveillance legislation ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Letter to Congress supporting S.185 which would amend the Military Commissions Act and the Detainee Treatment Act by deleting the section that stripped the courts’ jurisdiction to entertain habeas petitions from alien detainees held as "enemy combatants", May 16, 2007 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Military Commissions

Letter to Congress regarding the Manager's Amendment to H.R. 1461 disqualifing certain non-profit organizations from participating in a federal grant program designed to increase the supply of affordable housing for low-income families ( PDF format )
Subject area: Affordable Housing

Amicus Brief: Arbor Hill v. County of Albany filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, May 2007 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Pro Bono

Amicus Brief: Hepting v. AT & T Corp. (U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, April 2007) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Attorney/Client Privilege

Letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Urging he withdraw the proposed order restricting attorney-client relations at the Detention Camp at Guantanamo Bay ( PDF format )
Subject area: Civil Liberties/Security

Amicus Brief: Bismullah v. Gates (U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, May 2007) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Civil Liberties/Security

Letter to Congress expressing support of the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 (HR 1281) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Voting

Letter to Congress urging Congress take immediate action to eliminate provisions of the Military Commissions Act and the Detainee Treatment Act that strip the courts’ jurisdiction to entertain habeas petitions from alien detainees held as "enemy combatants", April 3, 2007 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Military Commissions

Letter and report to Congress urging amendments to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, March 2007 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Military Commissions

Letter to the New York City Council expressing concern about the amendment to Title 38 of the Official Compilation of Rules of the City of New York which defines "parade" ( PDF format )
Subject area: Parades

Letter to Congress urging the opposition of the amendment to S.236 proposed by Senator Kyl which would broaden Section 798(a) of Title 18 of the United States Code ( PDF format )
Subject area: Disclosure of Classified Information

Amicus Brief: ACLU v. National Security Agency (US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, October 2006) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Statement on Proposed New York City Parade Regulations ( PDF format )
Subject area: Parades

Amicus Brief: Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, filed in the U.S. Supreme Court ( PDF format )
Subject area: Desegregation

Website Accessibility for People With Disabilities ( PDF format )
Subject area: Disabilities

Amicus Brief: ACLU v. Department of Defense (US Ct of Appeals, Second Circuit, September 2006) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Civil Liberties/Security

Letter to Congress urging opposition to any companion bill to H.R. 4844 because it would unfairly suppress voting, and is unnecessary to prevent voter fraud ( PDF format )
Subject area: Voting

Letter to Congress urging opposition to the two substitute versions of H.R. 5825, one reported out by the House Intelligence Committee and a second reported out by the House Judiciary Committee (September 26, 2006) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Letter to Congress regarding proposed legislation on electronic surveillance (S.2453, 2455 and 3001 and H.R. 5825), September 2006 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Amicus Brief: Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. v. Pataki (New York State Court of Appeals, August 2006) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Education, Funding for

Ensuring Accessibility for People with Disabilities in the Wake of Katrina and of Other Natural and Man-Made Disasters ( PDF format )
Subject area: Accessibility

Letter to Congress express concern that the Conference Report on the proposed Patriot Act reauthorization bill fails to ameliorate the most serious threats to civil liberties in the original Patriot Act, February 2006 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Terrorism

Letter to Congress Commenting on Electronic Surveillance Legislation S.2453, June 2006 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Amicus Brief: Center for Constitutional Rights v. Bush (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, June 2006) ( PDF format )
Subject area: State Secrets

Report supporting the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (H.R.9/S.2703) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Voting

Amicus Brief: Center for Constitutional Rights v. Bush (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, April 2006) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Amicus Brief: ACLU v. National Security Agency (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, August 2006) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Electronic Surveillance

Statement regarding New York's failure to comply with sections 301 and 303(a) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) which call for the creation of a computerized statewide voter registration list and the development of and implementation of voting systems standards including standards for accessibility for voters with disabilities ( PDF format )
Subject area: HAVA

Amicus Brief: ACLU v. Department of Defense, filed in United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisoners of War

Follow up letter to Congress expressing continuing concern that the Conference Report on the proposed Patriot Act reauthorization bill fails to ameliorate the most serious threats to civil liberties in the original Patriot Act ( PDF format )
Subject area: Terrorism

Letter to Congress opposing proposed Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act (S.489/HR1229) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Consent Decrees

Letter to Congress urging the passage of H.R.3734 and S.1867, the Displaced Citizens Voter Protection Act of 2005 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Voting

Amicus Brief: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, on a petition for certiorari (US Supreme Court, September 2005) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Civil Liberties/Security

Amicus Brief: Padilla v. Rumsfeld, (US Supreme Court, April 2004) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Civil Liberties/Security

Letter to Congress supporting the holding of broad oversight hearings in the Senate to review the current state of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice ( PDF format )
Subject area: Department of Justice

Letter to Congress urging the opposition of the enactment of the Patriot Act reauthorization bill reported by the Conference Committee since it fails to meaningfully ameliorate many of the most serious threats to civil liberties in the original Patriot Act ( PDF format )
Subject area: Terrorism

Letter to the U.S. Department of Labor urging that the ninety-day waiver of the affirmative action requirements of Executive Order 11246 that the Deputy Assistant Secretary granted on September 9 to companies awarded federal contracts for Hurricane Katrina relief activities be rescinded ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Letter to Congress commenting on certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act being considered by the Conference Committee, reflected in bills passed by the House and Senate, H.R. 3199 and S. 1389. H.R. 3199 and S.1389 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Terrorism

Amicus Brief: Gonzales v. ACLU (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, August 2005) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Civil Liberties/Security

Letter to NYC Council Speaker Miller urging that the City enact the Local Civil Rights Restoration Act (Intro 22-A) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Association letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, regarding USA Patriot Act hearings (June 2005) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Civil Liberties/Security

Report on City Council Int. No. 305, in relation to prohibiting housing discrimination against actual or perceived victims of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking ( PDF format )
Subject area: Discrimination

Amicus Brief: Muntaqim v. Coombe (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit)(Voting Rights Act Protects Felons' Right to Vote) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Election Law

Letter to Attorney General-Nominees Alberto Gonzales Posing Questions Regarding Bush Administration Legal Positions on Detainees ( PDF format )
Subject area: Gonzales Attorney General Nomination

Amicus Brief: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, December 2004) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Civil Liberties/Security

Amicus Brief: Polan v. State of New York Insurance Department (New York State Court of Appeals, May 2004) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Mental Disabilities

The Authority of the New York Attorney General When Police Abuse Their Authority ( PDF format )
Subject area: Police Practices

Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples in New York ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same-Sex Marriage

It is Time to Enforce the Law: A Report on Fulfilling the Promise of the New York City Human Rights Law
Subject area: Discrimination