The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Meeting of October 25, 2005, Washington D.C. on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities:
Is the Workplace Ready?

Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Daniel W. Sutherland has been appointed by President Bush to serve as the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This unique position calls for Mr. Sutherland to provide legal and policy advice to the Secretary and the senior leadership of the Department on a full range of civil rights and civil liberties issues. In the course of examining the connections between homeland security, civil rights, civil liberties and privacy protection, Mr. Sutherland is working on issues such as: the use of race or ethnicity in law enforcement and intelligence activities; detention policies relating to aliens deemed of "special interest" to national security investigations; the development of biometric identifiers without creating a national identification system; and, the need to integrate people with disabilities into emergency planning and preparedness. Mr. Sutherland has been a civil rights attorney throughout his legal career, serving fourteen years with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and nearly two years with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. At the Justice Department, Mr. Sutherland litigated a number of important civil rights cases, many in the disability rights area.

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