Issues

The Leadership Conference works on a wide range of issues representative of the breadth of today’s civil rights movement.

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Latest News

Senate Finally Confirms Restrepo, Obama Nominates Two to Seventh Circuit

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed (82-6) Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Restrepo, who was nominated to fill the vacancy by President Obama in November 2014, is the first Latino from Pennsylvania to serve on the Third Circuit Court and just the second circuit court judge … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, News

House Judiciary Committee Advances Second Chance Reauthorization Act

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved by voice vote the bipartisan Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 3406), a bill introduced by Reps. James Sensenbrenner, R. Wisc., and Danny Davis, D. Ill., to reauthorize the Second Chance Act. The Second Chance Act, originally introduced in 2007 and signed into law by President George … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, News

President Obama Commutes 95 Sentences, Grants Two Pardons

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

On December 18, President Obama commuted the sentences of 95 individuals and granted pardons to two, marking the highest number of commutations he has granted at one time and more than doubling his total since taking office. Obama has now granted 184 commutations, which is more than the last five presidents combined. “I am granting … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, News

Justice Department Issues Guidance to Combat Gender Bias in Policing

Thursday, December 17, 2015

On December 15, the U.S. Department of Justice released new guidance for combatting gender bias in law enforcement response to sexual and domestic violence. “Today’s announcement is an important step forward in ensuring justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference. “We applaud Attorney … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, News

Annual FBI Report Indicates Another Decrease in Hate Crimes

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

An annual report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday reveals that reported hate crime incidents decreased from 5,928 to 5,479 – the lowest number of reported hate crimes since the first year of reporting in 1991. The report, “Hate Crime Statistics, 2014,” found that crimes against individuals based on race, religion, … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, News