KENT EVANS NAMED TO U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

KENT EVANS NAMED TO U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Doña Ana County Commission Chairman D. Kent Evans has been appointed to serve on the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Evans will serve on the 15-member statewide committee through 2004. The committee supports the mandate of the Commission by providing advisory input relevant to the circumstances and events in New Mexico.

The commission has 51 state advisory committees, one for each state and the District of Columbia. Each is composed of citizens familiar with local and State civil rights issues. The members serve without compensation and assist the commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions.

Individual members of each committee are recommended by the regional director of their area, approved by the staff director, and voted upon at a regular meeting of the commissioners. Their term of office is two years, but they can be reappointed.

The mandate of the commission 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.

• To study and collect information relating to discrimination or a denial of equal protection of the laws under the Constitution because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice.

• To appraise federal laws and policies with respect to discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice.

• To serve as a national clearinghouse for information in respect to discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.

• To submit reports, findings, and recommendations to the President and Congress, and to issue public service announcements to discourage discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.