December General Meeting: Civil Rights Presentation

At the December general meeting (Monday, December 3rd, 6:30 pm, Second Baptist Church), we will host representatives from various agencies to present civil rights protections.  A description of the program follows:

This presentation is a joint initiative between four different federal agencies: the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado; the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel and Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Office for Civil Rights. Together, these four agencies cover civil rights protections in all the major areas of a person’s life: education, health care, and housing. In addition, the Department of Justice also enforces federal civil rights laws against state and local governments, including law enforcement.

The presentation begins with a brief overview of civil rights, what it is, what the focus is in federal law, tips on how to formulate a good complaint, and the fact that none of the agencies inquire about or report immigration status. Each agency will then present concerning their agency’s area of enforcement: educational institutions, health care providers, and housing. Each agency will briefly cover the laws they enforce, provide examples of the types of issues or complaints they commonly see, and discuss how to file a complaint and the complaint investigation process, including various options for resolving complaints.

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