The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is looking for volunteer applicants for its State Advisory Committees, who serve as the Commission’s eyes and ears on the ground across the country, investigating and researching civil rights issues specific to their jurisdiction.

The Commission is especially interested in appointing individuals who have a demonstrated interest in civil rights, voting rights, and the equal protection of the law in the administration of justice. Advisory Committee reports may lead to policy changes at the national, state or local levels.

Advisory Committees have recently examined seclusion and restraint of students with disabilities, voting rights, fair housing, and more. In addition to legislators, civil rights advocates frequently use Advisory Committee reports as a resource to make change on national, state and local levels. For questions, contact the Commission’s Midwestern Regional Office at 312-353-8311.