The Commission also has 51 State Advisory Committees (SAC) - 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 (view the SAC Meeting Schedule).

Individual members of these committees 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 2 years, but they can be reappointed.