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Latest Press Releases

Background Briefing: Experts Discuss 2020 Census Funding, Operational Issues

Friday, April 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, May 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET, census experts will host a telephone background briefing on the funding and operational issues facing the 2020 Census. Experts will discuss key milestones, ways to measure census accuracy, and major operational and field infrastructure preparations for 2018 and 2019. The 2020 Census will be in … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Pompeo Must Commit to Represent All, Promote Human Rights

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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 Michael Pompeo as Secretary of State: “The Secretary of State is our nation’s top diplomat, who must represent all in America and promote human rights abroad. Mike Pompeo has … Read More

Civil Rights Groups Urge Strong Ethical Review of Axon’s Police Technology

Thursday, April 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Upturn, Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, and 39 leading civil rights, racial justice, and community organizations today shared a series of recommendations with the “artificial intelligence (AI) ethics board” launched this morning by Axon, a major U.S. police technology vendor. The groups urge … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Media & Technology, Press Releases

48 Groups Introduce Civil Rights Principles for Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Thursday, April 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Ahead of Congress’ uncertain movement to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and 46 other civil rights and education groups put forth civil rights principles to be included in any reauthorization of the landmark law. In the principles, the groups … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Rules Committee Weakens Senate’s Role on Nominations

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Rules Committee approved, on a party line basis, S. Res. 355: “Under Republican Senate leadership pressure, the Rules Committee advanced a change today that would weaken the Senate’s remaining role in vetting … Read More

Categories: Nominations, Press Releases

ADVISORY – Defining Our Dignity: Confronting the Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, April 26, at 9:00 a.m. ET, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, ACLU, Sentencing Project, and National Employment Law Project, in conjunction with Representative Bobby Scott, will hold a screening of Survivors Guide to Prison and a panel discussion with formerly incarcerated advocates who have been impacted by the … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

CRDC Data Show Continued Need for Discipline Guidance

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). “The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) data released today are deeply troubling. The data show that students … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Senate Rubber Stamps Extremist Duncan as Federal Judge

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate today voted to confirm Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: “President Trump continues to put forward ideological judicial nominees with deeply disturbing records, and only the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senators, Representative and Civil Rights Leaders: Duncan Unfit for Lifetime Appointment as Federal Judge

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, members of Congress and civil rights leaders held a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Senate is expected to vote today on Duncan’s nomination as a lifetime judge. Click here for a recording of the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

PRESS CALL TUESDAY: Senators, Representative and Civil Rights Leaders Say Duncan Unfit to Serve as Federal Judge

Monday, April 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET, members of Congress and civil rights leaders will hold a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Senate is expected to vote this week on Duncan’s nomination as … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Labor Department Rule Change Would Undermine Pay Equity Protections

Friday, April 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on reports that the Department of Labor will rescind a policy designed to address pay disparities by federal contractors: “Time and again, the Trump administration has taken its marching orders from big business on … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, Economic Security, Press Releases

Advocates for Reproductive Rights, Civil Rights Call for Vitter’s Withdrawal

Thursday, April 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2018 – A coalition of leaders in the reproductive rights and civil rights fields called today for the withdrawal of Wendy Vitter’s nomination for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The groups note that Vitter’s repeated demonstrations of poor judgment and questionable integrity, including … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Partisan and Ideological Nalbandian Approved by Committee

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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 John Nalbandian’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit: “Mr. Nalbandian has a highly partisan and ideological background, … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Congress Must Fully Fund Census Bureau to Ensure Accurate Count

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in advance of the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the president’s FY2019 budget request for the U.S. Census Bureau: “The Census Bureau is working against the clock and is … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Leaders and Advocates: Duncan and Vitter Are Unfit to Serve as Judges in Louisiana

Monday, April 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, civil rights leaders and Louisiana advocates held a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Wendy Vitter to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Click here for a recording of the call. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

PRESS CALL TODAY: Duncan and Vitter Are Unfit to Serve as Judges in Louisiana

Friday, April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. CT, civil rights leaders and Louisiana advocates will hold a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Wendy Vitter to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Groups: Sentencing Fixes Must Be Included in Prison Reform

Friday, April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and 62 other groups sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, expressing opposition to any efforts to pass prison reform legislation without including sentencing provisions. The groups urged Congress to continue to support comprehensive reform and raised substantive concerns … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Over 300 Civil Rights, Faith, and Labor Leaders Demand Oversight on Census Citizenship Question

Thursday, April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Over 300 civil rights, faith, and labor groups are calling on Congress to hold oversight hearings on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to include a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The signatories say that adding the untested question would jeopardize the accuracy of the census count in all communities for the … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

New Report: Working People Need Minimum Wage Raise

Thursday, April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality today released “Bare Minimum: Why We Need to Raise Wages for America’s Lowest-Paid Families,” a report on working people and their struggle to make a living when paid tips, or the federal minimum wage, or less. The report makes a … Read More

Categories: Disability Rights, Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Call for Congressional Action on Fatal Police Shootings

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CONTACT: Mia Jacobs, ACLU, 201-919-0333, mjacobs@aclu.org David Jacobs, LDF, 212-965-2255, djacobs@naacpldf.org    Shin Inouye, The Leadership Conference, 202-869-0398, Inouye@civilrights.org WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF), called on Congress today to take action in response to the … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil Rights, Education Groups to Congress: Correct DeVos’ Approval of Unlawful ESSA Plans

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 16 civil rights and education groups urged key members of Congress to fulfill their oversight responsibility of the Department of Education’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The groups ask the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the U.S. … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject Pompeo

Monday, April 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights joined 54 other civil and human rights groups in urging U.S. Senate opposition to the confirmation of Secretary of State nominee Michael Pompeo. The groups noted Pompeo’s troubling history of statements and policy positions, which imperils his ability to represent all in America and to … Read More

Advocates Convey Support for Civil Rights and School Safety to Secretary DeVos

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and AAUW attended the School Safety and Climate Summit hosted by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. During their roundtable discussion with Secretary DeVos, civil rights advocates expressed their frustration about the … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference Education Fund Expands Voting Rights Work Through Partnership with Access Democracy

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Collaboration aims to increase voter participation by improving local election administration WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today announced the expansion of its voting rights work through a new partnership with Access Democracy, a leading non-profit organization working to improve election administration. The collaborative effort aims to increase voter participation by improving how elections are … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

In Washington Post Op-ed, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Congress to Save 2020 Census

Friday, March 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Washington Post op-ed, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called on Congress to overturn the Trump administration’s decision to weaponize the 2020 Census with a citizenship question. “The Census is a sacred trust. The goal of an accurate count has been, and should remain, … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases