Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the COVID-19 relief package, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act” or the HEROES Act:  

“Far too many in America continue to suffer, with record poverty, unemployment, infections, and death ravaging our country’s most vulnerable communities. This bill takes critical steps toward providing a safety net to address the basic needs of the people most impacted by COVID-19 by supporting health care, economic security, immigrants, students, housing, voting access, census participation, communications access, and the justice system while combating structural racism, xenophobia, and other barriers that remain prevalent in  society.

“At a moment when our country is most in need of courageous leadership, lawmakers must work together to pass the HEROES Act as soon as possible to lift our most marginalized communities and protect our democratic institutions. Leaving anyone behind is not an option.”

Last month, The Leadership Conference outlined the steps Congress needs to take to protect public health more effectively, preserve and strengthen our public institutions, and ensure that our eventual economic recovery works for everyone.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 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