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Latest Press Releases

National Civil Rights Leaders Decry Raw Racism of Trump

Friday, January 12, 2018

Amidst Principled Negotiations on the Dream Act, Trump Shows That One Value Drives His Decisions Above All Others: White Supremacy Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the raw racism of Donald Trump and those driving his immigration and other policy making decisions were on full display as he called for fewer Black people to be admitted into … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition on White House Criminal Justice Reform Meeting: We Need a Comprehensive Solution

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the White House’s meeting today on prison reform: “For more than three decades, the nation has enacted sentencing policies that are racially and ethnically biased and have contributed to incarceration on a scale that exists … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

In USA Today Op-ed, Civil Rights Leaders Reject New Medicaid Work Requirements

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Following the release of new guidelines by the Trump administration that would allow states to seek waivers to require Medicaid recipients to work, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, penned an op-ed in … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns New Medicaid Work Requirements

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the release of new guidelines by the Trump administration that would allow states to seek waivers to require Medicaid recipients to work: “President Trump ended 2017 by giving the wealthiest Americans an enormous tax cut … Read More

Categories: Disability Rights, Health Care, Press Releases

Progressive Leaders Demand Congress Act on Key Priorities; Dreamers, Disaster Relief and CHIP Must Be Addressed

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, UnidosUS, the Center for American Progress, and 52 other leading civil rights organizations sent a letter to Congress demanding action by January 19 or earlier on urgent and unfinished business. The leaders cited the need to provide permanent protection for Dreamers, relief to areas affected … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Immigration, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Urge Senate HELP Committee to Reject Confirmation of Ken Marcus to Head OCR

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 31 civil rights groups wrote a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) urging members to oppose the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Civil rights … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

170 Civil and Human Rights Groups to Secretary Ross: Oppose DOJ’s Unnecessary Request to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 169 civil and human rights groups, sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to reject the Department of Justice’s untimely and unnecessary request for Acting Census Director Ron Jarmin to add a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census. “A fair … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Federal Court Ruling Restoring DACA Program; Calls on Congress to Act

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following a ruling by a federal court for the Trump administration to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Last September, President Trump manufactured a crisis when he ended the DACA program. While a … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Decries Trump Judicial Nominees’ Lack of Diversity at CBC Forum

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, appeared before a forum held by the Congressional Black Caucus’ Judicial Nominations Working Group, highlighting the lack of diversity of President Trump’s judicial nominees. The event was led by Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, chair of the Working Group. “President … Read More

Categories: Diversity, Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Addition of Senators Booker and Harris to Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the appointment of Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris to the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The Senate Judiciary Committee plays a vital role in the protection of our Constitution and core civil rights, and the shape … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Judiciary, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Termination of TPS for El Salvador

Monday, January 8, 2018

WASHINGTON—In response to the announcement that the Trump administration will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “Today’s announcement is heartbreaking, immoral, and simply inhumane. Salvadoran TPS holders have relied on this humanitarian protection … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump’s Resubmission of Unqualified and Biased Nominees

Friday, January 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the intent of President Trump to send back to the Senate multiple judicial nominees that have troubling records: “With the new year, President Trump had an opportunity to start with a clean slate when it … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Secretary Ross to Reject DOJ Request to Undermine 2020 Census

Thursday, January 4, 2018

WASHINGTON—Today, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to reject the Department of Justice’s request to Acting Census Director Ron Jarmin, to add a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census. “As you well know, adding a … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil Rights Organizations File FOIA Requests with Justice Department for Materials Related to Policing Reform Efforts

Thursday, January 4, 2018

WASHINGTON — Three civil rights organizations today filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the U.S. Department of Justice for records relating to the enforcement of laws that protect individuals and communities from unconstitutional policing. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Long Overdue Demise of Sham Voter Commission

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the announcement by the White House that the so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is being dissolved: “Good riddance. From the start, it was clear that the Pence-Kobach commission lacked integrity and credibility. It’s … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund Announce New Senior Staff Members

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund announced the addition of three new senior staff members: Allyn Brooks-LaSure, Vice President for Communications; Bethany Criss-June, Managing Director of Development; and Christine Soyong Harley, Census Campaign Director. “We are proud to welcome these outstanding additions to our talented … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Request to Undermine 2020 Census

Saturday, December 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the December 12, 2017, letter from the Department of Justice to Acting Census Director Ron Jarmin requesting a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census: “The Justice Department’s untimely and unnecessary request to … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

In BuzzFeed Op-Ed, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Senate to Reject Unqualified and Radical Nominees

Friday, December 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – While the recent withdrawals of some of President Trump’s most troubling judicial nominees – Matthew Petersen, Brett Talley, and Jeffrey Mateer – are an encouraging sign that even the rubber-stamp Senate Republicans have reached a breaking point, they are just the tip of the iceberg. Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Congress to Protect Families in America

Thursday, December 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement ahead of the votes in Congress on a temporary government spending bill: “Members of Congress will soon go home to their families. Before they do, they must take action to protect the lives of all families … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Health Care, Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on House Committee to Interrogate DeVos’ Civil Rights Record

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in advance of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ oversight hearing before the House Education and the Workforce Committee: “Tomorrow’s oversight hearing into the work of the U.S. Department of Education this year should be an opportunity to … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Congress to Reject Tax Scam Bill

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement ahead of the expected votes in the House and Senate on the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”: “As we head into this holiday season, one thing is clear: The partisan tax bill that Congress will vote … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Withdrawal of Petersen, Farr, and Schiff Nominations

Monday, December 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement calling on President Trump to withdraw his nominations of Matthew Petersen to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Blasts Latest Trump Administration Move to Censor Truth and Science

Saturday, December 16, 2017

WASHINGTON – Shin Inouye, director of communications and media relations of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding the news that the Center for Disease Control has banned the use of certain words including transgender, evidence-based, and diversity: “President Trump and his administration have launched the latest salvo in their … Read More

Categories: Diversity, LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Withdrawal of Mateer, Decries Confirmation of Willett

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the White House indicated the nomination of Jeffrey Mateer to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas will not be moving forward, while at the same time, the Senate voted, on a … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Demise of Nomination of Brett Talley

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the White House indicated the nomination of Brett Talley to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama will not be moving forward: “This is welcome and long overdue news. Brett Talley never … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases