Civil Rights Groups Call for Investigation on Kavanaugh Assault Allegations; Senate Must Halt Votes

Courts News 09.16.18

WASHINGTON – Following Christine Blasey Ford’s decision to speak publicly about her assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 88 civil rights groups issued the below statement:

“Dr. Ford did not want to make her accusations public, but after her letter was reported on, she courageously decided to tell her story. Like all survivors of sexual assault, she must be treated with respect and her privacy honored. The Senate cannot move forward with this lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land without the results of a fair, non-partisan, and thorough process.”

The list of organizations signing this statement is below and will be updated:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Alliance for Justice
American Association for Justice
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Constitution Society for Law & Policy
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
Center for American Progress
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Popular Democracy
Center for Reproductive Rights
Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Committee for a Fair Judiciary
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
Community Catalyst
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Endangered Species Coalition
Equal Pay Today
Equal Rights Advocates
Equality California
Family Equality Council
Feminist Majority
Forward Montana Foundation
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Generation Progress
Health Care Voter
Human Rights Campaign
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Japanese American Citizens League
Jobs With Justice
Lambda Legal
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Latinos for a Fair Judiciary
League of Conservation Voters
League of United Latin American Citizens Council 1191
League of Women Voters
Legal Aid at Work
LGBT Bar Association of New York
Mazzoni Center
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Action Network
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Council of Jewish Women
National Education Association
National Employment Law Project
National Employment Lawyers Association
National Employment Lawyers Association/New York (NELA/NY)
National Equality Action Team (NEAT)
National Health Law Program
National Institute for Reproductive Health
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Lawyers Guild
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Urban League
National Women’s Health Network
National Women’s Law Center
People For the American Way
People’s Action
PFLAG National
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Protect Our Care
Protect the Investigation
Secular Coalition for America
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Society of American Law Teachers
United State of Women
Voto Latino
Women Employed

Last updated: September 19, 2018

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 member organizations, visit