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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights urges all federal agencies to remain vigilant in enforcing civil rights laws during the current COVID-19 pandemic and to stand ready to address potential civil rights violations that arise in relation to the crisis. Congress charges the federal government with enforcing federal civil rights laws providing protection from discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, and several other protected characteristics in a broad range of areas including education, employment, healthcare, housing, and voting, among others. The Commission also calls on Congress to provide necessary funding for civil rights enforcement for Fiscal Year 2021, including for COVID-19 associated enforcement. The unprecedented disruption to American life and commerce requires extraordinary measures to sustain life and well-being; nevertheless, the federal laws that guard against discrimination in the United States remain vital.






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