Civil and Human Rights Coalition Praises Debo Adegbile Nomination for Nation’s Top Civil Rights Attorney

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398,

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on last night’s announcement that Debo Adegbile, the former interim director-counsel and a ten-year veteran of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, has been nominated to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice:

“Debo Adegbile is one of the preeminent civil rights litigators of his generation and a bipartisan consensus builder.

His experience as the two-time defender of the Voting Rights Act in the Supreme Court puts him in a class of his own when it comes to understanding the application and enforcement of complex civil rights issues. Add that to his stellar career over ten years at the nation’s leading civil rights law firm – the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund – as well as his work in the Senate and in the private sector, and it becomes clear that Adegbile’s skill set, talents, and experience make him the perfect choice to head the Civil Rights Division.

Adegbile’s life mirrors that of the American Dream. A son of immigrants from Ireland and Nigeria, Adegbile grew up in poverty with periods of homelessness to work his way through law school and one day defend American democracy in the Supreme Court.   

Millions of Americans rely on the Civil Rights Division to enforce housing, education, and employment discrimination laws, hate crime laws, the Violence Against Women Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the core civil rights statutes that allow all of us to take part in the fullness of American life. 

Debo Adegbile is the right nominee to head the Civil Rights Division. We call on the Senate to swiftly confirm him.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit