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Latest Press Releases

DeVos Proposes Delay of Vital Special Education Rule

Monday, February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s proposal to delay implementation of a rule that enforces the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). “Once again, Secretary DeVos has chosen to shirk her responsibility to protect the civil … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Opposition to Marcus ED OCR Nomination Grows: Ahead of Senate Action, 61 Civil Rights Groups Sign Letter of Opposition

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter signed by 61 civil rights groups to the U.S. Senate urging senators to vote against confirming Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The letter builds on one sent in January by 31 … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

201 Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Chairman Pai to Reject FCC’s Proposal to Scale Back Lifeline Program

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 200 civil and human rights organizations filed comments directed toward Ajit V. Pai, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging him to reject the FCC’s new proposals that will gut the Lifeline program – the only federal program that assists low-income … Read More

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Senate Rejects Trump’s Zealous Immigration Priorities

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate soundly rejected proposals that would have enacted President Trump’s extremist immigration priorities: “We applaud the Senate for rejecting President Trump’s extremist immigration priorities today. Lawmakers must work on a bipartisan basis to protect … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Committee Approval of Far-Right Brennan Also Undermines Checks and Balances

Thursday, February 15, 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 Michael Brennan’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: “Today Chairman Grassley eroded the role each senator plays in … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

House Seeks to Undermine Americans with Disabilities Act

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Move to Weaken Key Civil Rights Law WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017: “Today’s vote to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Committee Approval of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bill is important ‘first step’ toward fair justice system WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act:  “The Senate Judiciary Committee has taken an important first step toward making our justice … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Trump Proposals Are a Double Dose of Bad Policy

Monday, February 12, 2018

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Pans Trump Budget and Infrastructure Plans WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, responded to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget proposal and infrastructure principles, both of which the administration unveiled today: “Trump’s budget and infrastructure proposals are a double dose … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Sessions Not Attorney General ‘For All People’

Friday, February 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ time in office: “Jeff Sessions is not an Attorney General for all people. His first year in office has ushered in unprecedented rollbacks of civil and … Read More

In the Biden Forum, Civil Rights Leader Highlights How Fight for Civil Rights is about Economic Opportunity

Thursday, February 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, penned a column in the Biden Forum highlighting how civil rights are not just about legal freedoms but also about economic opportunity. Nanda is the former chief of staff and senior advisor to Department of Labor Secretary Tom … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Judiciary, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Committee Approval of Nielson

Thursday, February 8, 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 the nomination of Howard Nielson to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah: “Yet again, the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

In The Advocate Op-ed, Civil Rights Leaders Highlight Trump Judicial Nominees’ Attack on LGBT Rights

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Harper Jean Tobin, director of policy at the National Center for Transgender Equality, penned an op-ed in The Advocate highlighting how Trump’s judicial nominees present a dangerous assault on the rights of LGBT people. “Perhaps the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds House Passage of Reforms to Combat Harassment and Discrimination

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 4924, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA) and H Res. 724: “We applaud the bipartisan effort in Congress to finally protect all the women and men in the … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, Press Releases, Women's Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Releases Scores for First Session of 115th Congress

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released its vote ratings for every member of the first session of the 115th Congress. The Voting Record, which has scored every Congress since 1969, reflects positions taken by every senator and representative on the legislative priorities of The Leadership Conference and its more than … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Labor Department to Allow Workers to Keep their Tips

Monday, February 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind portions of tip regulations DOL issued in 2011 pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Leadership Conference noted the proposed rule deviates from DOL’s … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Labor Department’s Hiding of Critical Pay Data

Thursday, February 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Labor’s decision to withhold critical pay data on the impact of a proposed rule on workers’ tips. “It’s bad enough that the Trump administration wants to allow employers to take … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference Education Fund Releases Report on Trump’s Civil and Human Rights Rollbacks

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today released “Without Justice: Trump’s Across-the-Board Assault on Civil and Human Rights,” a report on the Trump administration’s first year and its attacks on our nation’s hard-fought civil and human rights achievements. The report is the 2018 edition of The Education Fund’s annual Civil Rights Monitor and comes the … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: ‘TelePrompter Trump’ Hostile to Our Civil and Human Rights

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union address: “TelePrompter Trump may have delivered a coherent speech before a live studio audience, but the behind-the-scenes footage reveals his administration’s hostility toward civil and human rights. He touts … Read More

Vanita Gupta Delivers Keynote Remarks at the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Commemorative Breakfast

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

DENVER – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, today delivered the keynote remarks at the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Commemorative Breakfast. Her prepared remarks follow below: Thank you for your kind words and for your leadership of the amazing Matthew Shepard Foundation.  It is a privilege to … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

Lambda Legal, Joined By Several National Civil Rights Organizations, Delivers First Resistance “Pre-buttal” To Trump’s State of the Union Address

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

You can download the full audio of today’s call here. WASHINGTON – Today, Lambda Legal, delivered a resistance “pre-buttal” hours ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union Address. Lambda Legal’s Sharon McGowan, was joined on a media call by other resistance leaders including Todd Cox at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Kaylie … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Trump’s Immigration Outline is a Recipe For Disaster

Friday, January 26, 2018

WASHINGTON— In response to the White House’s latest immigration proposal, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “President Trump has shown yet again that he is not serious about protecting Dreamers. This insidious list of immigration proposals is nothing more than a nativist, anti-immigrant … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Congressional Intervention After Trump Administration Axes New Race and Ethnicity Data Collection Questions

Thursday, January 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – In response to the Census Bureau’s announcement that the questionnaire for the 2018 End-to-End Census Test will use race and ethnicity questions from the 2010 Census, instead of updated questions recommended by Census Bureau staff, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “America … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: America Needed Leadership Today

Monday, January 22, 2018

WASHINGTON— In response to the Senate’s vote on a three-week spending bill that fails to provide protections for Dreamers and American towns and cities recovering from record-breaking disasters, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “America needed leadership today. We did not get it … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to the Trump Shutdown

Saturday, January 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the federal government shutdown: “Last night made clear that President Trump and Republican Congressional leaders would rather shut down the government they control than fix the problems they created for children and families … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

NWLC and The Leadership Conference Submit Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case Seeking To Undermine Public Sector Unions

Friday, January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference), and over 80 other organizations supporting civil rights and economic opportunity submitted an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, which will determine … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases