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Latest Press Releases

House Approves Flawed FIRST STEP Act; Senate Must Pass Comprehensive Justice Reform

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act: “This vote signals a failure of commitment to transform our justice system. While the bill contains some positive provisions that could be … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Supreme Court Prevents Workers from Challenging Corporate Wrongdoing

Monday, May 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in EPIC Systems Corp. v. Lewis: “The Supreme Court’s decision, where Trump-appointed Justice Gorsuch cast the fifth and decisive vote, will make it easier for corporations to perpetuate and hide … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Judiciary, Press Releases

Justice Department Fails to Alleviate Serious Concerns about Census Citizenship Question

Friday, May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON –John Gore, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, today appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he failed to demonstrate that the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census was necessary to enforce the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and would not discourage participation. In response, The Leadership Conference … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Partisan Farm Bill Will Devastate Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable

Friday, May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “no” on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the “farm bill”): “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the most effective anti-hunger program … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Trump Continues His Dehumanizing Comments on Immigrants

Thursday, May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, responded to President Trump’s reference to certain immigrants as “animals”: “Donald Trump has shown yet again why he lacks any moral authority. Since announcing his candidacy, he has strategically deployed dehumanizing language and scare tactics to ostracize, harm, and attack … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil Rights Awards Dinner Honors ‘Change Agents’

Thursday, May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights honored inspiring change agents leading the defining movements of the 21st century last night during the annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. This year’s awardees were: Cecile Richards, lifelong activist and former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Tarana … Read More

Categories: Dinner, Press Releases, Uncategorized

Audio Available: Media Call with Environmental, Civil Rights Advocates on Oldham

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Contact: Laurie Kinney, Laurie@afj.org (202) 464-7367/cell (571) 882-3615 WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 16, at 11 am Eastern, leaders of national environmental and civil rights advocacy organizations held a press call to brief reporters on the anti-environment, anti-civil rights record of Andrew Oldham, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Oldham currently serves … Read More

House Passes Unnecessary, Divisive Bill to ‘Protect’ Law Enforcement

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protect and Serve Act of 2018: “The House’s passage of this bill is deeply misguided and unnecessary. Law enforcement officers are already one of the most protected groups under … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Oppose Any Delay of IDEA Rule

Monday, May 14, 2018

WASHINGTON— Opposing any delay in the implementation of the Equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 38 civil rights groups sent a joint letter to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. Today’s letter to … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Senate Judiciary Democrats Release Compelling Report on Trump’s Judicial Nominees

Thursday, May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on a report issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on “Republican Efforts To Stack Federal Courts”: “This compelling report provides an exhaustive analysis of the judicial nominations power play we have witnessed by President Trump … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Confirmation of Brennan Dismantles Checks and Balances by the Senate

Thursday, May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: “The party-line confirmation of Michael Brennan signals a deeply troubling disregard by the Republicans for … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

TOMORROW: Civil and Human Rights Awards Dinner to Honor ‘Change Agents’

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – On May 16, at 6:30 p.m. ET, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will host its annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner, honoring inspiring change agents leading the defining movements of the 21st century.  This year’s honorees are: Cecile Richards, lifelong activist and outgoing president of the … Read More

House Judiciary Committee Fails to Advance Meaningful Justice System Reform

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee approved two pieces of legislation: the FIRST STEP Act and the Protect and Serve Act of 2018: “The House Judiciary Committee’s passage of both pieces of legislation today signifies a … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Senate Demolishes Checks and Balances

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passage, on a party-line basis, of a cloture petition to schedule a floor vote on Michael Brennan’s nomination to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: “The Republican vote to end debate and force an … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Confirmation of Engelhardt Threatens Marginalized Communities

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Kurt Engelhardt to a Louisiana seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: “Judge Engelhardt has had a troubling record during his 17-year tenure as a district … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Challenge HUD’s Decision to Suspend Fair Housing Rule

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – In support of the National Fair Housing Alliance, Texas Housers, and Texas Appleseed lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) decision to suspend the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH), Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “The … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Fair Housing, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund Expand Communications, Campaign Staff

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, announced the addition of four new staff members: Sarah Edwards, senior writer; Lynda Garcia, policing campaign director; Kristen Voorhees, communications manager; and LaGloria Wheatfall, communications manager. “We are thrilled to welcome these new faces to our … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

Gupta: Congress Must Overturn Census Citizenship Question

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, today joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Tri-Caucus and Oversight Democrats, at a press conference preceding the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) hearing on the 2020 Census. Gupta urged Congress to overturn Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

In The Hill Op-ed, Civil Rights Leader Urges Senate to Reject Brennan, Preserve Checks and Balances

Monday, May 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a The Hill op-ed, Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called on the U.S. Senate to reject the confirmation of Trump’s far-right judicial nominee Michael Brennan and to protect the checks and balances between Congress and the executive branch. This call for accountability … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Wisconsin Civil Rights Leaders Speak Against Troubling Vote on Brennan

Monday, May 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Wisconsin civil rights leaders today held a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Senate is expected to vote this week on Brennan’s nomination to be a lifetime judge. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a cloture petition … Read More

In Heartless Move, Trump Administration Ends TPS for Honduras

Friday, May 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – In response to the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 50,000 Hondurans nationwide, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “True to form, this administration deliberately chose to wreak havoc on the lives of nearly 57,000 Hondurans … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

PRESS CALL MONDAY: Wisconsin Civil Rights Leaders Speak Out Against Troubling Vote on Brennan

Friday, May 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. CT, civil rights leaders will hold a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Senate is expected to hold a cloture vote next week to schedule a floor … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Facebook Commits to Long Overdue Civil Rights Audit

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the announcement by Facebook that it will conduct a civil rights audit of the company’s practices: “We are encouraged by Facebook’s commitment to conduct a civil rights audit of the company and its products, and … Read More

Categories: Media & Technology, Press Releases

Experts Discuss 2020 Census ‘Nuts and Bolts’

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund; Terri Ann Lowenthal, former staff director for the House Census and Population Subcommittee; and Dr. Joseph J. Salvo, director of the Population Division of the NYC Department of Planning, hosted a background briefing to discuss key milestones for the 2020 Census, ways to measure census progress and … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases