Civil rights are rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and certain Congressional acts, especially as applied to an individual or a minority group.

According to Human Rights Watch (US Report) across a range of issues the United States moved backward on human rights at home and abroad in 2017.

  1. Harsh Criminal Sentencing
  2. Racial Disparities, Drug Policy, and Policing
  3. Youth in the Criminal Justice System
  4. Poverty and Criminal Justice
  5. Rights of Non-Citizens
  6. Right to Health
  7. Rights of People with Disabilities
  8. Women’s and Girls’ Rights
  9. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  10. National Security
  11. Surveillance
  12. Freedom of Expression and Assembly
  13. Foreign Policy

“Trump a Disaster for Human Rights in First Year.” Human Rights Watch, 19 Jan. 2018, www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/united-states#.