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Advisory Committees

The Commission maintains 56 State and U.S. Territory Advisory Committees (STACs), one in each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. Territories. Each is composed of citizen volunteers familiar with local and state civil rights issues. The members assist the Commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions.

The Commission seeks to ensure that advisory committees are broadly diverse and represent a variety of backgrounds, skills, experiences and perspectives. This diversity promotes vigorous debate and full exploration of the issues. All appointments are made in a non-discriminatory manner.

Commissioners are responsible for appointments to the advisory committees. Commissioners vote on individual appointments upon submission of recommendations by the staff director. The term of service for a committee member is four years with a total duration of not more than eight years (or two four-year terms) unless there is sufficient basis for extending the appointment to 12 years.

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