SIGCOMM CARES (committee to aid reporting on discrimination and harassment policy violations) assists members of the SIGCOMM community who may have experienced or witnessed behaviors that violate the ACM policy against discrimination and harassment in relation to an event or publication sponsored by the SIG, to help prevent and address unacceptable behavior. SIGCOMM CARES is a relatively new effort, created in August 2018, and the committee's role (and even its existence) is not widely known or understood.
Recently, the CARES committee was involved in the handling of a concern that arose in the HotNets'20 review process. See https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cFP9uECiWruG71wExssznx3mmuoaBDni/view
for the CARES committee's December 2020 response with a summary, findings, and recommendations for the future. One of these recommendations is for SIGCOMM CARES to clarify its role to the SIGCOMM community. Toward this end, the SIG is in the process of organizing a (virtual) community event to discuss CARES and answer questions and hear concerns that members of the SIGCOMM community may have.
To help SIGCOMM CARES prepare for this event, we ask members of the SIGCOMM community submit comments and questions via this Google Form. Now that we have a few years of experiencing operating under the CARES rubric, we also welcome thoughts about how SIGCOMM and ACM might evolve CARES to better serve the SIGCOMM community. The date/time for the event will be announced shortly.