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Civil Rights Groups Urge DeVos, Sessions to Uphold Strong Civil Rights Offices

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Leadership Conference and a number of partner organizations this week sent letters to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging them to staff their agencies’ civil rights offices with individuals who will protect civil rights. On Monday, 60 organizations sent a letter to DeVos emphasizing the importance of the Department … Read More

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Trump Administration Rescinds Title IX Guidance on Transgender Students

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Trump administration on Wednesday sent a letter to the nation’s schools announcing its rescission of the Obama administration’s federal guidance to protect transgender students. In response, The Leadership Conference, the National Center for Transgender Equality, GLSEN, the National Women’s Law Center, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the ACLU, the Human Rights … Read More

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Senate Confirms DeVos, Sessions to Lead Important Civil Rights Agencies

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education and on Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General – despite overwhelming opposition to each from the civil rights community. They will now both lead federal agencies responsible for enforcing civil rights laws. DeVos’ confirmation required a tie-breaking vote from … Read More

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Judiciary Committee Sends Sessions Nomination to Senate Floor

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved (11-9) the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R. Ala., to be U.S. Attorney General – a nomination that has been opposed by more than 430 national, state, and local civil and human rights organizations. The vote, initially scheduled to take place on Monday, was postponed after Senate Minority … Read More

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DOJ Announces Implicit Bias Training Program

Monday, June 27, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday unveiled an initiative to ensure that all federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors will receive mandatory training in implicit bias. In a statement announcing the program, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called it “an important step in our ongoing efforts to promote fairness, eliminate bias and build … Read More

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