Lhamon Will Protect and Advance Students’ Civil Rights

Contact: Charmaine Riley, [email protected], 202.548.7166

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 27 civil rights and education organizations, today called on senators to confirm Catherine Lhamon as assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Citing Lhamon’s extensive experience, including serving in the same position during the Obama administration, the groups urged the Senate to swiftly confirm her so that she can get to work enforcing civil rights law to protect all students in our country from discrimination.

“The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights is one of the most important roles in the education of our nation’s students, and Ms. Lhamon is an exemplary nominee for this position. She has a demonstrated record of support for our nation’s civil rights laws and marginalized communities and a demonstrated commitment to the belief that every student has a right to learn free from discrimination and be treated with dignity,” the groups wrote.

The full letter is available here.

In May, The Leadership Conference released a statement of support for Lhamon’s nomination by President Biden, noting her experience in the Office for Civil Rights and her demonstrated record of support for civil rights law and marginalized communities throughout her career.

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 www.civilrights.org.