Civil Rights Enforcement Weakened Under Trump
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Civil Rights Enforcement at Schools & Universities Weakened
Under the direction of Betsy DeVos, the Department of Education is cutting back on its investigations into civil rights violations and has proposed terminating more than 40 staff positions from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). This will have a direct impact on the enforcement of Title VI, protecting against racial discrimination, and Title IX, protecting against sex and gender discrimination at the nation’s public, federally-funded schools and universities.
Addressing Gender-Based Violence on Campus Faces Setbacks
The OCR cuts are likely to reduce the number of investigations that can be done, even though there are currently 227 schools with Title IX complaints against them, and the list is growing. New York is no exception with 30 schools awaiting, or currently under, investigation.Learn more about Title IX and how the Office of Civil Rights is supposed to investigate complaints here.
Undocumented Women More Vulnerable to Violence Under Trump
Undocumented immigrant women are now having to choose between violence and deportation. Though undocumented victims and witnesses of crimes are legally protected from deportation, some federal immigration agents do not consider courthouses off limits. Women have been detained on their way to applying for orders of protection or to testify, both of which would qualify them for protections.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION
Call your Senators: Vote NO on TrumpCare! Learn what you can say and how to contact them here. Then make calls to Senators who haven’t committed t0 a vote yet, and convince them to VOTE NO. Learn more about what is at stake in the new Senate health care bill here.
The Fight is Not Over: SIGN and SHARE our petition to save the Violence Against Women Act from being defunded in 2018. Already, cuts are targeting programs that keep guns out of the hands of abusers and serve Native American women.