Policy Letters

Policy Letters

Comments on the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 (DCRA)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

View a PDF of these comments here. August 7, 2018 The Honorable Jeff Sessions Attorney General 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530 The Honorable Rod Rosenstein Deputy Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530 The Honorable Laura Rogers Assistant Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice, OJP 810 Seventh … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Comments, Criminal Justice

Letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi re: Oversight of Family Separation Policy

Monday, July 30, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: United States House of Representatives Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi: On behalf of the undersigned civil and human rights organizations, we write to express our profound concern regarding the Trump administration’s unacceptably slow response to its self-created crisis of family separations at our Southern border. The … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Immigration

Oppose the Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the more than 100 undersigned organizations, we write to … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Civil Rights Community Letter to Ken Marcus Following His Confirmation

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. June 27, 2018 The Honorable Ken Marcus Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Assistant Secretary Marcus, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 23 undersigned organizations, we write to urge you … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Oppose the Confirmation of Andrew Brasher to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

Thursday, June 21, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. June 21, 2018 Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Civil Rights Advocates Call for Comprehensive, Bipartisan, Justice System Reform

Thursday, June 21, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. June 21, 2018 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader 317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer Senate Minority Leader 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Cc: The U.S. Senate Civil Rights Advocates Call for Comprehensive, Bipartisan, Justice System Reform … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Criminal Justice

Oppose the Ryan and Goodlatte Immigration Proposals

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. June 20, 2018 Dear Representative: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 120 additional undersigned civil and immigrants’ rights organizations, we write to express our strong opposition to H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (the “Ryan bill”) and H.R. … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Immigration

Oppose H.R. 5797, the IMD CARE Act

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. June 19, 2018 Oppose H.R. 5797, the IMD CARE Act Dear Representative, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Health Care

Oppose the Confirmation of Allen Winsor to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

View this letter as a PDF here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation of Allen Winsor … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Coalition Letter Calling for a Conference Committee on the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (H.R. 4924/S.2952)

Friday, June 8, 2018

View a PDF of this letter. Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi: We urge you to seek the appointment of a Conference Committee on the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (H.R.4924/S.2952) in order to secure a final bill that contains the strongest protections against workplace harassment and discrimination … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Economic Security

Letter to President Trump regarding Family Separation

Friday, June 8, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: President Donald Trump Dear President Trump, We, the undersigned national, state, and local organizations write to urge you to end the systematic and cruel separation of families apprehended at the U.S. border. Increased family separation at the border comes at a time when immigration enforcement has already … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Immigration

Oppose the Confirmation of J. Campbell Barker to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation of J. Campbell … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose the Confirmation of David Porter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Monday, June 4, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Recipient: United States Senate Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Secretary DeVos: Respect Plyler and Protect Immigrant Children

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. June 4, 2018 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education, Immigration

Letter of Concern re: Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (S.____)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

View a PDF of this letter.  Recipient: United States Senate RE: Concerns Regarding Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (S.___) Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer: As organizations committed to advancing and protecting civil and human rights, workplace equality, access to justice, and transparency, we write to express grave concerns with the Congressional … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter

Oppose the Confirmation of Patrick Wyrick to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. May 22, 2018 Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Oppose the Confirmation of Britt Grant to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in strong opposition to the confirmation of Britt … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Coalition Sign-on Letter re: Congressional Accountability Act Reform

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

View a PDF of this letter.  Recipient: United States Senate Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer: As organizations committed to advancing and protecting civil and human rights, equality, access to justice, and transparency, we write to urge the Senate to swiftly pass H.R. 4924, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (“CAA Reform … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Economic Security

Oppose S. 2155, the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act”

Monday, May 21, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Representative: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, I urge you to oppose S. 2155, the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act.” Under the innocent-sounding guise of “regulatory relief,” S. 2155 would undermine one of our nation’s key civil rights laws … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Financial Services

Vote “No” on The FIRST STEP Act

Monday, May 21, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Representative, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the 108 undersigned organizations, we write to urge you to vote NO on The FIRST STEP Act (H.R.5682). While well intentioned, this bill takes a misguided approach to reforming our federal justice system. Without … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Criminal Justice

Oppose the Confirmation of Michael Truncale to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation of Michael Truncale … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Judiciary, Nominations

Comments on Enforcement of Significant Disproportionality Provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Monday, May 14, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Johnny W. Collett Assistant Secretary Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Room 5107, Potomac Center Plaza Washington, DC 20202-2500 RE: Docket ID ED-2017-OSERS-0128 Dear Assistant Secretary Collett, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Comments, Education

Oppose Senate Introduction of the Protect and Serve Act of 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senators: On behalf the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Human Rights Watch, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference), and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (NAACP LDF), we write to urge you to oppose introduction and co-sponsorship of the Protect and … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Criminal Justice

Vote “No” on The FIRST STEP Act

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear House Judiciary Committee Member: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 74 undersigned organizations, we urge you to vote “No” on the FIRST STEP Act that will be considered during the mark up. Any effort to pass prison reform (or “back-end” … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Criminal Justice