Topic: Civil Rights

Two Years of American Oversight

March 13, 2019
American Oversight opened its doors two years ago today to hold the Trump administration accountable. See what we've uncovered through FOIA, litigation, and investigations into corruption in the administration.

News Roundup: Citizenship, the Census and the Constitution

February 15, 2019
The Supreme Court will consider the inclusion of a citizenship question on the census, Trump declares a national emergency and the Senate confirms William Barr.

Lawsuit Seeks Emails of DOJ Official Involved in Controversial Civil Rights Decisions

January 31, 2019
American Oversight filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice to find out whether outside groups or individuals have influenced the agency’s shifting priorities in the enforcement of civil rights protections.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ – Gore Emails

January 31, 2019
Lawsuit by American Oversight against DOJ to obtain Acting Assistant Attorney General Gore's external communications to shed light on whether outside groups have influenced changes to civil rights protections under Gore.

Checking Up on Trump’s Claims that Military Experts Told Him to Ban Transgender Troops

January 24, 2019
The Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to ban most transgender people from military service reignited questions over whether any actual military or national security considerations dictated the discriminatory policy.

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

December 27, 2018
A look back at what American Oversight uncovered in 2018, and what 2019 could bring

The Trump Administration’s Transgender Military Ban

September 21, 2018
American Oversight has filed a lawsuit to uncover the facts surrounding the Trump administration’s move to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, which the president announced via Twitter.

DOD Records Regarding Trump’s Tweet Banning Transgender Military Servicemembers

September 14, 2018
Department of Defense records regarding President Trump's tweets on July 26, 2017, announcing that transgender persons were no longer permitted to serve in the military. Records, including communications between 8:55AM and 12:00PM on July 26, 2017, suggest that DOD was caught off-guard by the policy statement of the President.

FOIA to the FBI Seeking Communications with the White House Regarding the Headquarters Consolidation Project

August 30, 2018
FOIA to FBI seeking communications with the White House regarding the FBI headquarters consolidation project. This FOIA was submitted to shed light on whether the president's personal financial interests influenced the future FBI headquarters, which has national security considerations.

FOIA to DOJ Regarding Changes to the National Crime Victim Questionnaire

August 10, 2018
FOIA to DOJ regarding changes to the National Crime Victim Questionnaire, which collects data on hate crimes against LGBTQ youth. American Oversight is seeking communications and memos regarding this decision, its approval, or its rationale.