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Saud Anwar

Representing East Hartford, Ellington, East Windsor and South Windsor

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Senator Anwar Named To Connecticut Advisory Committee To U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) announced he has been appointed to join the Connecticut Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Under this important and meaningful distinction, Sen. Anwar will help Connecticut advise and respond to the Commission about civil rights matters happening in Connecticut and regionally.

"It is a great honor to be named to this important committee, and to have an opportunity to assist our state and our nation's civil rights response," said Sen. Anwar. "This commission has served to ensure and strengthen the rights of everyone in this country and I am looking forward to further working toward that goal."

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights informs the development of national civil rights policy and enhances enforcement of federal civil rights laws, with jurisdiction over voting rights and discrimination and focuses on education funding, students with disabilities, women's prisons and immigrations issues, to name a few.

Commission State Advisory Committees hold briefings with expert and public testimony and produce reports and advisory memoranda for the national committee. In Connecticut, reports concerning solitary confinement policies in Connecticut helped change those policies nationwide; in New Hampshire, that state's committee spurred change in conditions in women's prisons, while Kansas's committee led to changes in seclusion and restraint policies of students with disabilities.

Sen. Anwar's appointment to this committee will last for a four-year term.


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