Topic: Civil Rights

Complaint: American Oversight v DOD Transgender Policy

December 19, 2017
Complaint in lawsuit against DOD seeking records of whether or not President Trump was advised by military personnel on the transgender military ban.

American Oversight Sues DOD to Uncover Truth Behind Trump’s Transgender Ban

December 19, 2017
American Oversight sued the Department of Defense (DOD) in federal court to determine if President Trump was telling the truth when he claimed on Twitter that "generals" had advised him to ban transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces. 

FOIA to DOD Regarding Communications with Military Branches Related to Transgender Ban Decision

November 2, 2017
FOIA to DOD seeking records of communications with various military branches and whether or not they offered recommendations related to the transgender military ban.

FOIA to DOD Regarding Communications Related to Transgender Ban Decision

November 2, 2017
FOIA to DOD seeking records of communications with various upper-level military personnel from a variety of military offices regarding Trump’s announcement of a transgender ban via Twitter.

No Records Response from DOJ Regarding Affirmative Action Investigations

October 4, 2017
No records response from the Department of Justice to a FOIA request from American Oversight and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. In response letters from the Office of Information Policy and the Civil Rights Division, DOJ confirmed that it has records of an investigation of admissions policies at Harvard University.

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5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is “being rescinded” because it is “unconstitutional,” asserting that the policy has “enormous constitutional infirmities.”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.