The Senate Must Swiftly Confirm Kristen Clarke

Media 05.13,21

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WASHINGTONWade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee vote split along party lines on the nomination of Kristen Clarke to serve as assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice:

“Kristen Clarke has fought tirelessly for equal justice under the law for every individual in this country, including for people of color facing racial and sex discrimination, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities targeted because of their faith. We urgently need Clarke in this critical leadership position at the Justice Department. The Senate must take swift action to confirm Clarke.”

Kristen Clarke would be the first woman — and the first Black woman — in history to be confirmed to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. In February, The Leadership Conference released a letter signed by more than 100 civil and human rights organizations in support of Clarke’s nomination. A wide range of leaders and organizations have also submitted letters of support. Those letters are available here

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