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U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is a temporary, independent, bipartisan agency established by Congress in 1957 and directed to:

Investigate complaints alleging that citizens are being deprived
of their right to vote by reason of their race, color, religion, or
national origin, or by reason of fraudulent practices;
Study and collect information concerning legal developments
constituting a denial of equal protection of the laws under the
Constitution;
Appraise Federal laws and policies with respect to equal
protection of the laws;
Serve as a national clearinghouse for information in respect to
denials of equal protection of the laws; and
Submit reports, findings, and recommendations to the
President and the Congress.

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