Topic: Civil Rights

The Trump Administration’s Transgender Military Ban

October 10, 2017
American Oversight is conducting an investigation into the Trump administration’s move to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, which the president announced via Twitter.

DOJ Confirms Harvard Affirmative Action Investigation

October 4, 2017
In response to a FOIA request from American Oversight and the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, the Justice Department confirmed on Wednesday that it was conducting an investigation into admissions policies at Harvard University.

DACA Announcement Reflects Lack of Seriousness About the Law

September 7, 2017
On September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is “being rescinded” because it is “unconstitutional,” asserting that the policy has “enormous constitutional infirmities.” There may be an intense political debate about the policy merits of DACA, but the attorney general portrayed his decision not as a policy judgment but rather as a result compelled by law. What Sessions and the Department of Justice (DOJ) did not provide was a robust legal analysis supporting this contention.

The Trump Administration’s Attempts to Weaken Affirmative Action

September 7, 2017
American Oversight and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are conducting a joint investigation into the Trump administration’s politically-driven attempts to weaken programs run by both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education that promote racial diversity at colleges and universities and ensure access for underrepresented minorities.

Charlottesville & White Nationalism

August 25, 2017
In the aftermath of the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, VA, President Trump not only failed to condemn the neo-Nazis and other racist organizations involved, he expressed sympathy for those groups and blamed the violence on "all sides."