Public Policy

The Committee Joins More Than 50 Groups to Call on Labor Department to Release Hidden Analysis Questioning Controversial Tip Rule

February 8, 2018

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Read Kent Withycombe's Testimony Before the DC Council Regarding the Student Fair Access to School Act and the DCPS Alternatives to Suspensions Amendment Act

January 30, 2018

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Read the Testimony of Equal Justice Works Fellow Marques Banks Urging the DC Council Committee on the Judiciary to Reject the “Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act of 2017”

January 26, 2018

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The Committee Reaffirms Support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program in Amicus Brief

January 11, 2018

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Civil Rights and Social Justice Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of Preliminary Injunction to Enjoin Rescission of the DACA Program Filed in Two Cases in the Eastern District of New York

December 27,  2017

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The Committee Joins Disabilty Rights Groups in Signing onto Amicus Brief Regarding the Accessibility of Winn-Dixie's Website

December 22,  2017

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Nation's Leading Prisoners' Rights Organizations File Amicus Brief Supporting Prisoners' First Amendment Rights

December 22,  2017

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Phil Fornaci and Tiffany Yang Urge DC Council to Revise and Expand the Criminal Record Accuracy Assurance Act of 2017 and Various Other Criminal Record Sealing and Expungement Acts

December 14, 2017

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 Phil Fornaci Testifies Before the DC Council Urging Critial Improvements to the Returning Citizens Opportunity to Succeed Amendment Act of 2017

December 7,  2017

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The Committee Files Amicus Briefs in the Supreme Court Challenging Trump's Discriminatory Travel Ban

December 5, 2017

Relevant Documents:
Amicus Brief
Motion for Judicial Notice
Motion for Leave 


Skadden Fellow Tiffany Yang Calls on the DC Council to Vote NO on Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

November 30, 2017

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Skadden Fellow Tiffany Yang Submits Testimony to the DC Council Committee on Health Urging Changes to the Proposed "Removing Barriers to Occupational Licenses Amendment Act of 2017"

November 28, 2017

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The Committee Files Amicus Brief in the Masterpiece Bakery Supreme Court Case Opposing the Bakery's Discrimination of LGBTQ People

October 31, 2017

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The Committee Joins Several Disability Organizations and Disability Rights Firms to File an Amicus Brief Against Dominoes Pizza for Lack of Accessibility to their Website

October 28, 2017

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The Committee Files Brief in Support of Client Kelvin Sewell Along with Other Civil Rights and Law Enforcement Affinity Organizations

October 27, 2017

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Christine Dinan Submits Testimony to DC Council in Support of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015

October 10, 2017

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Jonathan Smith Urges the DC Council Committee on Human Services to Vote "NO" the Homless Services Reform Act of 2017

September  23, 2017

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The Committee Files Amicus Brief in the Supreme Court Challenging Trump's Discriminatory Travel Ban

September 13, 2017

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The Committee Stands with Immigrant Communities and Opposes the Termination of DACA

September 5, 2017

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The Committee’s Public Education Project, Coalition for DC Public Schools & Communities: June 19 Reversal Approving DC Prep Enrollment Petition Violated the Law

September 1, 2017

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Amicus Brief Filed in Virginia Driver's License Suspension Case

August 17, 2017

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The Committee, Public Justice Center, and the ACLU of Maryland file an Amicus Brief Regarding Important 4th Amendment Issue

August 8, 2017

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Along with Almost 50 Civil Rights Criminal Justice Groups, the Committee Endorses the Private Prison Information Act (H.R. 1980)

July 13, 2017

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Committee and Mayer Brown Attorneys Assist DC Attorney General in Drafting Guidance to DC Schools on Immigration Enforcement Issues

May 11, 2017

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Executive Director Jonathan Smith Urges DC Council Chairman to Move Language Access Bill Forward to a Vote

April 10, 2017

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The Committee and the Equal Rights Center: To Maintain Gains in Equity, Congress and HUD Secretary Carson Must Oppose Cuts to HUD Budget

March 21, 2017

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The Committee and the 21st Century Schools Fund Testify in Opposition to the Petitions of KIPP and DC Prep to Expand

March 20, 2017

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The Committee Calls Upon DC Zoning Commission to Preserve Family-Friendly and Affordable Housing

March 17, 2017

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The Committee and Other Advocates Challenge President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Executive Order

March 15, 2017

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The Committee Calls for Sanctuary Schools Resolution in the District

February 15, 2017

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The Committee Submits Written Testimony in Support of Sense of the Council Regarding Federal Immigration Raids Resolution of 2016 PR21-0617

December 6, 2016

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The Committee Calls on the DC Council to Vote in Support of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015

November 30, 2016

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Executive Director Jonathan Smith Testifies at the Round Table on the Metropolitan Police Department

November 4, 2016

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Senior Staff Attorney Dennis Corkery’s Testifies before the DC Council Expressing Concerns about Mayor Bowser’s Changes in the DC Wage Payment and Collection Law

November 3, 2016

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Jonathan Smith Testifies Before the Committee on the Judiciary of the Council of the District of Columbia in Support of Bill 21-0879, the Expanding Access to Justice Act of 2016

October 19, 2016

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The Committee, the Equal Rights Center, and the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Social Justice Ministry Challenge Certifications Made by Washington, DC in Connection with its Submission of its Consolidated Plan

September 21, 2016

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Councilmember McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Provide Legal Representation to Low-Income DC Residents in Housing Cases

September 20, 2016

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The Committee Calls Upon the DC Housing Authority to Table or Vote Against Resolution 16-14 to Authorize Pre-Development Financing for the Barry Farms Redevelopment

September 15, 2016

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The Committee and Other Education Advocates Throughout DC Exhort Mayor to Consider More Community Input Regarding Key Requirements for Selecting New DCPS Chancellor

August 12, 2016

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The Committee Calls for Immediate Action on Excessive Heat at the DC Jail

July 25, 2016

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Lawyers' Committees Urge D.C. Council to Lift Housing Barriers Facing People with Criminal Histories

July 11, 2016

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