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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

Civil Rights Groups Urge DeVos, Sessions to Uphold Strong Civil Rights Offices

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Leadership Conference and a number of partner organizations this week sent letters to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging them to staff their agencies’ civil rights offices with individuals who will protect civil rights. On Monday, 60 organizations sent a letter to DeVos emphasizing the importance of the Department … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, News

Trump Administration Rescinds Title IX Guidance on Transgender Students

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Trump administration on Wednesday sent a letter to the nation’s schools announcing its rescission of the Obama administration’s federal guidance to protect transgender students. In response, The Leadership Conference, the National Center for Transgender Equality, GLSEN, the National Women’s Law Center, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the ACLU, the Human Rights … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, News

Cardin Introduces Bill to End Discriminatory Profiling

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin, D. Md., on Thursday reintroduced legislation – S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (ERRPA) – that would prohibit profiling by federal, state, local, and Indian tribal law enforcement authorities on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. “Discriminatory profiling is wrong, fosters … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, News

Facebook Finalizes Prohibition of Ethnic Affinity Marketing

Friday, February 10, 2017

Facebook announced on Wednesday that it has finalized its prohibition of the use of ethnic affinity marketing that enables ad buyers to exclude racial minorities from ads offering housing, employment, or credit. Facebook will also require advertisers to affirm that they will not engage in discriminatory advertising on its platform. “We ‘like’ Facebook for following … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, News

Senate Confirms DeVos, Sessions to Lead Important Civil Rights Agencies

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education and on Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General – despite overwhelming opposition to each from the civil rights community. They will now both lead federal agencies responsible for enforcing civil rights laws. DeVos’ confirmation required a tie-breaking vote from … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, News