Topic: Civil Rights

EEOC Investigator Staffing Levels from 2009 Through 2019

June 11, 2019
Records from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission showing investigator staffing levels from 2009 through early 2019. American Oversight sought these records to shed light on the staffing levels for employees dedicated to investigating allegations of civil rights violations.

DOJ Records Regarding Thomas Rex Lee Outside Communications Pertaining to Guantanamo Bay

June 10, 2019
Records from the Department of Justice containing emails from Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rex Lee to external parties pertaining to Guantanamo Bay. Lee served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the Justice Department from 2004 to 2005.

No Records Response from DHS Regarding the Final Version of a Draft Report on Surveillance

May 30, 2019
The Department of Homeland Security asserted that there is no final version of a draft report that called for surveillance of some Muslim immigrants, which was leaked to Foreign Policy in 2018.

News Roundup: Investigating State-Level Threats to Democracy

May 17, 2019
With so much attention trained on tackling federal misconduct in the Trump administration, corruption at the state and local levels has flourished and often gone unchecked.

Threats to Democracy in the States

May 13, 2019
Government corruption at the state level has flourished — and has often gone unchecked thanks to the decline in local journalism and the urgency of addressing federal misconduct. With one party controlling the governorship and both legislative houses in more than half of the states, feeble checks on power combined with underutilized state open records laws have allowed state and local governments to avoid the same scrutiny devoted to federal agencies. American Oversight’s State Accountability Project is filling the void, channeling its expertise in open records litigation to expose state-level corruption and threats to democracy.

DOJ Records of John Gore’s Emails

April 24, 2019
Emails sent by John Gore, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

No Records Response from CRT Regarding Immigration Communications with Congress

March 29, 2019
No records response from the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division regarding communications between certain officials and certain members of Congress about immigration issues.

FOIA to DOL Requesting Records Reflecting Staffing Levels for Civil Rights Enforcement

March 25, 2019
FOIA to DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs seeking records reflecting staffing levels.

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.

FOIA to CBP Seeking Records Regarding Database Tracking of Journalists, Attorneys, and Activists

March 8, 2019
FOIA to Customs and Border Protection seeking records surrounding its database tracking immigration advocates and journalists.