The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has launched an investigation into whether the Trump administration is failing to protect civil rights, amid steep cuts to budgets and staffing levels across the federal government. In a statement, commissioners said, “These proposed cuts would result in a dangerous reduction of civil rights enforcement across the country, leaving communities of color, LGBT people, older people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups exposed to greater risk of discrimination.” The probe came as the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights said it has ended an investigation into the case of a transgender Ohio student who says she was harassed at school and barred from using from the girls’ bathroom. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed is reporting the Commerce Department has removed any mention of gender identity and sexual orientation from its equal opportunity employment statement on the department’s website.
U.S. Civil Rights Commission to Investigate Trump Administration
HeadlineJun 19, 2017