Government may close Civil Rights Commission office in Denver |

Government may close Civil Rights Commission office in Denver

DENVER ” Budget cuts may force the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to close its regional office in Denver.

The head of the office, John Dulles, said he spoke with officials in Washington on Tuesday.

“They told me there was a great likelihood that we are going to lose this office, and we are going to lose our jobs,” he said.

On Friday, the commission decided to close two of its six regional offices. The agency investigates a variety of discrimination complaints, including allegations of racism in the 2000 presidential election in Florida.

Congress has left the commission’s budget flat for more than a decade and staff numbers have dropped from 100 to 70 nationwide.

Dulles said the Denver office has only three employees to hear and refer civil rights complaints from Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

The office also has advisory boards in each state.

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