WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ time in office:
“Jeff Sessions is not an Attorney General for all people. His first year in office has ushered in unprecedented rollbacks of civil and human rights at the expense of people across this country – particularly the most vulnerable. By attacking voting rights, undercutting criminal justice reforms, rolling back protections for LGBTQ individuals, and undermining or eliminating a slew of anti-discrimination policies, Sessions has advanced an anti-civil rights agenda from day one.
“America needs a democracy that works – and that works for all. Sessions is standing in the way of that by moving our nation backward on core civil and human rights issues. The Leadership Conference and our partners will continue to hold Sessions and the Trump administration accountable, and demand a government that respects and upholds the freedoms and liberties that define this great nation.”
Last month, The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Leadership Conference’s sister organization) released “Without Justice: Trump’s Across-the-Board Assault on Civil and Human Rights,” a report on the Trump administration’s attacks on our nation’s civil and human rights. The report is the 2018 edition of The Education Fund’s annual Civil Rights Monitor and is available here.
The Leadership Conference also issued a timeline of the Trump administration’s civil and human rights rollbacks. That list is available here.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 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.