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Latest 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

New Paper Sounds the Alarm on Trump Administration Attacks on Federal Data and Civil Rights

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – The federal government’s collection, reporting, and protection of accurate, comprehensive data is central to implementing, monitoring, and evaluating civil rights laws and policies. But the Trump administration is taking steps that undermine all of these pillars of data collection. In response to this growing threat, today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund issued a paper, … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Blasts Senate Confirmation of Leonard Steven Grasz

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate today voted, on a party-line basis, to confirm Leonard Steven Grasz to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: “Yet again, the Senate Republicans have rubber stamped an extreme … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition to Congress on Dream Act: This Is Not What Governing Looks Like

Friday, December 8, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to Congress’ refusal to include a clean Dream Act in the two-week continuing resolution to keep the federal government open, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “Congress needs to demonstrate leadership for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and their families, and … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Grasz, Willett, and Norris

Thursday, December 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nominations of Leonard Steven Grasz to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Don Willett to serve on … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights, Children’s Advocacy, and Education Groups Support Racial Equity in Special Education

Thursday, December 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 112 civil rights (including disability rights), education, and children’s advocacy organizations sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing their continued support for the robust enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provisions regarding significant disproportionality in the identification, … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Speaks Out on U.S. Failure to Address Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officers

Thursday, December 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as they held a hearing to examine the issue of extrajudicial killings by law enforcement officers, and the U.S. government’s failure to protect its people from such actions. “Since the advent of modern policing and for … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Ken Marcus to Clarify He Would Protect All Children’s Rights

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to today’s hearing on Ken Marcus’ nomination to the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “The nation’s children and families deserve an Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights with a demonstrated record of support for all … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Criticizes Senate Approval of Tax Scam Legislation

Saturday, December 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the Senate’s approval of its flawed tax reform legislation: “Today the Senate has passed a sham tax proposal. Wealthy corporations, millionaires, and billionaires will reap the benefits, while millions of middle–class and working families, particularly … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Decries House Effort to Undo CFPB Payday Rule

Friday, December 1, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to the introduction of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution in the House of Representatives to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recently finalized payday lending rule, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “Payday lending is bad financial policy. It … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Financial Services, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Reject Flawed Tax Scam

Friday, December 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement ahead of the Senate’s expected vote on its flawed tax reform legislation: “The Republican tax plan is a scam, plain and simple. It would raise taxes on millions of middle-class and working families, all to provide … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil Rights and Education Groups Call on DeVos to Reject New York’s ESSA Waiver Request

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WASHINGTON – 17 civil rights and education organizations came together today to urge U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reject New York’s requested waivers under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In its consolidated state plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, the New York State Department of Education formally … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Rebukes Confirmation of Gregory Katsas

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Gregory Katsas to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: “The Republican-led Senate has rubber stamped yet another extreme Trump judicial nominee. As one of … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Careful Examination of Judicial Nominees Ahead of Critical Week

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement as Senate Republicans prepare to push through extremist judicial nominees this week: “Senators have a constitutional duty to carefully inspect each judicial nominee’s record and ask important questions about each nominee’s ability to serve impartially. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

In The Hill Op-Ed, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Continues Call for Congress to Pass Dream Act Now

Sunday, November 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Approximately 800,000 Dreamers who grew up in Americaare living in constant fear of deportation if Congress fails to act promptlyfollowing President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, wrote an op-ed in The Hill calling on Congress to swiftly … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Thanks Cordray for His Leadership at CFPB

Friday, November 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today issued the following statement on the resignation of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): “Born out of the abuses of the financial industry, the CFPB under director Cordray has stood up for those … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Financial Services, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Well-Qualified Leadership of Census Bureau

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the reports that President Trump intends to appoint Thomas L. Brunell to serve as deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau: “A fair and accurate census is among the most important civil rights issues of … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump Administration’s Immoral Decision to End Temporary Protected Status For Haitians

Monday, November 20, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced that it will end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian immigrants: “Eliminating Temporary Protected Status for Haitians is another example of the cruel indifference of the Trump administration and its continued … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Chairman Grassley To Hold Additional Hearings for Talley and Farr

Monday, November 20, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold additional hearings on the nominations of Brett Talley to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Congress to Fully Fund Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

Friday, November 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the urgent need for Congress to provide additional disaster supplemental relief for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: “Congress was swift to respond to the hurricanes that devastated Florida and Texas, but the … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Decries FCC Rollback on Democratic Participation

Thursday, November 16, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to gut the Lifeline program and to limit media ownership rules: “Too many people in the United States still lack access to communications services that make equal opportunity … Read More

Categories: Diversity, Media & Technology, Press Releases

Updated Scorecard and New Report Examine Local Police Body Camera Programs and Process

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Upturn released an updated scorecard that evaluates the civil rights safeguards of police body-worn camera programs in 75 U.S. cities.  The organizations also released a report, The Illusion of Accuracy: How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can Distort Evidence, which explains why police departments must … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Media & Technology, Press Releases

Advisory: Scorecard and Report to Examine Local Police Body Camera Programs and Process

Thursday, November 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, November 14, at 11 AM ET, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Upturn will release an updated scorecard that evaluates the civil rights safeguards of police body-worn camera programs in 75 U.S. cities. The organizations will also release a report, The Illusion of Accuracy: How Body-Worn Camera Footage … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Sham Voter Commission to Be Shut Down

Thursday, November 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following a lawsuit filed against the so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by one of its own commissioners: “It’s simply telling that a member of President Trump’s voter suppression commission is taking it to … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights