Covid-19

Press Release 03.27.20

Compromise Bill Supports Many, But Congress Must Do Much More

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passage of the third Congressional COVID-19 relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act:

Press Release 03.23.20

Governors, Mayors, and Sheriffs Must Reform Jail and Detention Practices During COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and over 150 other groups called upon the National Governors Association (NGA), U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) to act immediately to help stem the tide of Covid-19. In letters sent to the three organizations, the groups urge them to use their authority to reasonably release people from prisons and jails to protect the lives of the more than 2.2 million people nationwide who are currently incarcerated, including more than 600,000 individuals in local jails.

Press Release 03.20.20

Census Extension Increases Flexibility During Public Health Crisis

WASHINGTON – The co-chairs of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Task Force — Arturo Vargas, CEO of NALEO Educational Fund; John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC; and Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference — issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s extension of 2020 Census operations from July 31, 2020 to August 14, 2020:

Press Release 03.18.20

Civil Rights Advocates Respond to Census Operational Changes in the Wake of COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The co-chairs of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Task Force — Arturo Vargas, CEO of NALEO Educational Fund; John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC; and Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights — issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s decision to suspend 2020 Census field operations until April 1, 2020:

Press Release 03.16.20

UPDATED – 200+ Groups: We Must Protect Democracy and Public Health

WASHINGTON – The co-chairs of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Voting Rights Task Force and more than 200 other organizations called on governors and state elections officials to adopt a number of key policies to ensure both the public’s safety and the orderly conduct of the 2020 primary and general elections in light of the current threat posed by COVID-19.