Civil Rights

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2017–2018 (115th Congress)

Legal Briefs

Good v. Iowa Department of Human Services (9/27/2018)

Massachusetts v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (9/24/2018)

Azar v. Garza (8/16/2018)

State of California et al v. Health and Human Services et al (5/25/18)

Parker v. Reema Consulting Services, Inc. (5/30/18)

Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management, LLC (3/14/18)

Lampley v. Missouri Commission on Human Rights (2/27/18)

NIFLA V. Becerra (2/27/18)

The State of California; the State of Delaware; the State of Maryland; the State of New York; the Commonwealth of Virginia v. Hargan (12/06/17)

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Donald J. Trump (11/27/17)

AT&T v. Hulteen (11/14/08)

Christiansen v. Omnicom Group (06/28/16)

Jane Doe v. Hagenbeck and Rapp (03/17/16)

Zubik v. Burwell (2/17/16)

Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole

Cuccinelli v. Sebelius

Letters and Testimony

Reproductive Rights Groups Outline Policy Vision Statement for Lawmakers (11/15/18)

Letter to Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Justice, and Labor Expressing Concerns Over Reports that the Administration is Proposing to Narrow the Legal Definition of Sex to Exclude Transgender, Non-binary, and Intersex People (10/30/18)

AAUW Letter to Senate Urging Withdrawal of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court (9/28/18)

AAUW Letter to Senate Opposing the Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court (9/17/18)

Civil Rights Groups Call for Investigation on Assault Allegations Against Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh (9/16/18)

Letter Urging Senators to Oppose the Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Behalf of Low-Income Individuals (9/7/18)

Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Opposing the Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Behalf of Reproductive Justice Organizations (8/31/18)

AAUW letter to Senate Judiciary Committee opposing the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court (8/30/18)

Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Opposing the Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on behalf of Women and Girls with Pre-existing Conditions (8/21/18)

AAUW Comments to Department of Health and Human Services on Proposed Changes to the Title X Family Planning Program (7/31/18)

Comments to Department of Commerce on the Proposed Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census Form (8/1/18)

Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Urging Request and Review of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Records Prior to Committee Consideration of His Nomination (7/20/18)

Letter to Congress Opposing the Inclusion of Anti-Women’s Health Riders in the Fiscal Year 2019 Spending Bill (6/20/18)

Letter to House opposing the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (H.R. 6136) and the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760) (6/20/18)

Letter to Congress Opposing Inhumane Treatment of Immigrant Women and Children (5/23/18)

Letter to Senate Opposing the Protect and Serve Act of 2018 (S. 2794) (5/16/18)

Letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Opposing the Domestic Gag Rule (5/16/18)

Letter to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Urging Hearings on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s Inclusion of a Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census (4/12/18)

Letter to Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Urging Hearings on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s Inclusion of a Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census (4/12/18)

Letter to Congress Urging Immediate Action to Pass a Clean Dream Act (2/13/18)

Letter to Senate Urging Support for Dreamers and Passage of the Dream Act (2/13/18)

Letter to Commerce Secretary Ross Opposing the Department of Justice Proposal to Add a Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census (1/10/18)

Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees Urging Opposition to Anti-Women’s Health Riders (12/14/17)

Letter to Congress Advocating Legislative Action on Priority Issues before the Holidays (12/6/17)

Letter to Department of Health and Human Services Opposing the Administration’s Proposed Contraception Coverage Rules (12/5/17)

Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Urging Additional Hearings for Brett Talley and Thomas Farr (11/27/17)

Letter To House Ways And Means Committee Opposing Any Language in Tax Reform Legislation that Weakens Johnson Amendment (11/3/17)

AAUW letter urging Representatives to pass a clean Dream Act and sign the discharge petition (9/14/17)

AAUW letter urging Senators to pass a clean Dream Act (9/21/17)

Letter to Senate urging opposition to SUCCEED Act (S. 1852) and support of Dream Act (S.1615) (10/3/17)

AAUW Letter to House Opposing 20-Week Abortion Ban (H.R. 36) (10/3/17)

Letter to House opposing a federal abortion ban (H.R. 36) (10/2/17)

Letter to Department of Justice recommending concrete action steps in response to Charlottesville (9/15/17)

Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees Urging Opposition to Anti-Women’s Health Riders (9/6/17)

Letter to Congress urging immediate action to pass the Dream Act, S.1615/H.R.3440 (9/6/17)

Letter to President Trump urging continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (8/31/2017)

Letter urging preservation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (8/30/17)

Letter to House Committee on Appropriations urging members to maintain the Johnson Amendment provisions within the 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill (7/12/17)

Letter to Secretaries of State in opposition to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and its data request (7/6/17)

Letter to Secretaries of State in opposition to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and its data request (7/6/17)

Letter to Rep. Jackie Speier in support of Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2017, H.R. 2180  (5/09/17)

Letter to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in support of Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2017, S.957 (5/09/17)

Letter in Support of Increasing the (FY) 2018 302(b) Subcommittee Allocation for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (5/8/17)

Letter Opposing the Global Gag Rule (4/28/2017)

AAUW Letter to Senate Urging Opposition to Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to U.S. Supreme Court (3/29/17)

Coalition Statement on Hate Incidents (3/10/17)

Letter to the Department of Homeland Security Supporting Immigrant Survivors of Violence (3/8/17)

Letter to President Trump Opposing All efforts to Repeal or Alter the 501(c)(3) Campaign Intervention Ban or Johnson Amendment (3/7/2017)

Letter to Congress Opposing Cuts to Non-Defense Discretionary Spending (3/1/2017)

Letter to House Representatives in Opposition to the Regulatory Integrity Act (H.R. 1004) (2/28/2017)

Letter to President Trump Opposing Executive Orders Limiting Regulatory Action by Agencies (2/28/2017)

Letter to Congressional Leadership Opposing H.J. Resolution 43 and S.J. Resolution 13 to Overturn HHS Rule Updating Regulations Around Title X Family Planning Program (2/14/2017)

Letter to Office of Management and Budget on Requirement of Public Notice Before Removing Online Government Information (2/13/2017)

Letter to the Senate Opposing the Nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General (2/3/2017)

AAUW Letter to House Opposing No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 (H.R. 7) (1/24/2017)

Letter to President Donald Trump Supporting Continuation of DACA Program (1/18/17)

Letter to Congressional Leadership Opposing Defunding of Planned Parenthood (1/17/2017)

AAUW Letter to House Opposing the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017 (H.R. 26) (1/5/2017)

AAUW Letter to House Opposing the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21) (1/4/2017)

2015–2016 (114th Congress)

Letters and Testimony

Letter to Sens. McConnell and Reid Supporting Funding for Census Bureau (11/30/2016)

Letter on Supreme Court Nomination Process (11/7/2016)

Letter Commending HHS Title X Family Planning Program Regulations (10/7/2016)

Letter to Attorney General Lynch and Department of Justice Regarding Concerns with Implementation of Deaths in Custody Reporting Act (DICRA) (10/3/2016)

Letter to Senate to Support Funding Relief for Flint, Michigan (9/26/2016)

Letter to Appropriations Committee Leadership Opposing Ideological Riders that Undermine Women’s Health (9/8/2016)

Letter to House and Senate Leadership and Appropriations Chairs Urging Passage of Zika Funding Bill (9/8/2016)

Letter to Armed Services Committee Leadership Opposing Taxpayer-Funded Employment Discrimination (8/25/2016)

Letter to Armed Services Committee Leadership to Preserve Senate Language for Female Draft Requirement (7/22/2016)

Letter to House Opposing Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (S. 304) (7/12/2016)

Letter to House Opposing the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21) (7/6/2016)

Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Justice regarding Gender-Biased Policing (7/26/2015)

Letter from 47 women’s organizations on Supreme Court Nomination Process (4/21/2016)

AAUW Letter on Supreme Court Nominee (2/25/2016)

Letter to Senate Opposing a Continuing Resolution that Defunds Planned Parenthood Federation of America (9/24/2015)

Letter to Senate Opposing Elimination of Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (9/17/2015)

Letter to House Opposing a 20-Week Abortion Ban (5/12/2015)

Letter to Senate Opposing a 20-Week Abortion Ban (9/16/2015)

Letter to the Senate Opposing Elimination of Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) (7/30/2015)

Comments

Comments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on LGBT Workplace Discrimination Regulations (4/15/2015)

2013–2014 (113th Congress)

Letters and Testimony

Testimony to House Supporting National Women’s History Museum (12/11/2013)

Letter to Senate Supporting Amendments to Address Sexual Assault in the Military and Protect Survivors (11/8/2013)

Letter to Senate supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (7/9/2013)

Letter to Senate on Immigration Reform (6/27/2013)

Senate Testimony on Military Sexual Assault (3/13/2013)

Comments

Comments to USCCR on Veterans and Service Member Civil Rights (5/31/2013)

Comments to USCCR for Sexual Assault in the Military Briefing (1/11/2013)

Comments to DACWS on Military Sexual Assault

Comments on the Civil Rights of Service Members and Veterans (5/31/2013)