PRESS CALL: Barr’s Attorney General Nomination is a Threat to Civil Rights

January 8, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, [email protected]

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET, civil rights organizations will host a telephone press briefing to discuss William Barr’s concerning track record of enforcing our nation’s civil rights.

As the nation’s top law enforcement officer and leader of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Attorney General is responsible for safeguarding our civil rights. That is a core and enduring mission of the Justice Department, and the Senate must ensure that anyone serving as our Attorney General is committed to that mission and to our country’s ongoing progress toward equal justice.

Last month, 75 civil rights, religious, and progressive groups sent a letter to the Senate expressing serious concerns about Barr’s nomination to be U.S. Attorney General. The letter can be read here.

RSVP requested to [email protected].

WHEN: Thursday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET


  • Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Michael Collins, director of national affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Avideh Moussavian, legislative director, National Immigration Law Center
  • Sharon McGowan, chief strategy officer and legal director, Lambda Legal