North Carolina Advisory Committee

to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Civil Rights and the Child Welfare System in North Carolina

The North Carolina Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) seeks to examine instances of state intervention in the child welfare system since the passage of Rylan's Law, including any disparities that were created and/or reinforced based on race, color, age, disability, or other federally protected categories, and any denial of equal protection of the law in the administration of justice with the intention of identifying areas for improvement and developing recommendations accordingly.

The Committee will host a series of virtual briefings to hear testimony from a multitude of stakeholders, including researchers, academics, advocates, government officials, and impacted individuals. The collection of testimony will conclude 30 days after the Committee’s final briefing on the topic. The Committee will then distill findings and recommendations from the testimony, which will be included in a report to the Commission on the Committee’s chosen topic.

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Upcoming Events

Panel Briefings

Previous Events

Community Forum

Closed captioning will be provided through the Zoom for Government platform. Individuals requiring additional accommodations should email [email protected] at least 10 business days prior to the respective briefing.

Near the end of each briefing, the Committee will open for public comment. Members of the public may provide comments on the topic for up to three minutes. Please note that the Committee is advisory in nature only and has no enforcement authority. The Committee, therefore, cannot investigate or resolve individual civil rights complaints.

The Committee will also accept written comment, and members of the public may submit written comments to [email protected] within 30 days of each briefing. Written comment should not include any personally identifiable information (PII). For more information as to what constitutes PII, please click here.

For questions, please contact:

Liliana Schiller, Support Specialist

[email protected]

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