Topic: Civil Rights

FOIA to FBI Seeking Records Regarding CBP’s Tracking of Journalists, Attorneys, and Activists

March 8, 2019
FOIA to Federal Bureau of Investigation seeking records surrounding Customs and Border Protection's database tracking immigration advocates and journalists.

Complaint: CfA v. HHS – Foley Records and Communications with The Obria Group

March 6, 2019
Lawsuit filed by Campaign for Accountability (CfA) against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the calendars and communications of Diane Foley, deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Population Affairs and director of the Office of Adolescent Health. This lawsuit also seeks any communications exchanged between HHS and the anti-abortion organization The Obria Group. American Oversight began representing CfA in this case in August 2020.

Complaint: American Oversight v. HHS – Anti-Abortion Influence

February 21, 2019
American Oversight's lawsuit against HHS seeking communications between HHS senior officials and anti-abortion groups to determine if the groups are influencing policy.

FOIA to Education Seeking Records Related to Civil Rights Technical Assistance Presentations

February 21, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking information concerning technical assistance presentations made by the Office for Civil Rights.

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.

FOIA to HHS Seeking Decision Memos Authorized by Roger Severino

February 7, 2019
FOIA to HHS seeking all decision memoranda or other policy guidance documents signed or authorized by Roger Severino, the head of HHS's Office of Civil Rights.

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