United States Commission on Civil Rights Law and Legal Definition

The mission of the United States Commission on Civil Rights is to investigate complaints alleging that citizens are being deprived of their right to vote by reason of their race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or by reason of fraudulent practices. The agency compiles information about discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, and about the denial of equal protection of the laws in voting, education, employment, and housing. The agency issues public service announcements to discourage discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws. It was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1957.