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Latest Press Releases

Trump Administration Fails to Reunite Families and Congress Must Demand Answers

Thursday, July 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Trump administration failed to meet a court-ordered family reunification deadline:  “In one fell swoop, the Trump administration ripped away thousands of children from their parents, then deported hundreds of parents without their children. The … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Department of Education to Student Borrowers: We Will Not Have Your Back

Thursday, July 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Education’s proposed new borrower defense rules: “With these borrower defense draft rules, the Department of Education is once again proposing to fail our nation’s students and fail to enforce our nation’s laws. … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

PRESS CALL: Civil Rights Leaders, Senators Outline #WhatsAtStake for LGBTQ Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. ET, civil rights leaders and senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will hold a telephone press briefing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and what’s at stake for the protection of LGBTQ rights. RSVP requested to voorhees@civilrights.org. WHEN: WEDNESDAY, August 1 at 11:00 a.m. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, LGBTQ Rights, Nominations, Press Releases

131 Groups Fight to Remove 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Muslim Advocates, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and 125 other grassroots, advocacy, labor, legal services, and other organizations on Tuesday submitted … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

PRESS CALL MONDAY: Civil Rights, Digital Justice, and Community-Based Organizations Representing Millions Discuss Need to Reform Bail Systems Without Risk Assessment Algorithms

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET, civil rights, digital justice, and community-based organizations will hold a telephone press briefing to highlight their opposition to, and concerns with, the adoption of algorithmic risk assessment tools as a substitution for ending money bail. These tools use potentially inaccurate and biased data to forecast … Read More

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In The Nation, The Leadership Conference Says ‘Make Your Voice Heard’ on 2020 Census

Monday, July 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – In an opinion piece published by The Nation, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, underscores the importance of submitting a public comment to censuscounts.org to urge the removal of the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form. Gupta stresses the importance of a fair and accurate … Read More

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Civil Rights Leaders Discuss #WhatsAtStake for Voting Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Monday, July 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights hosted a telephone press briefing with other civil rights leaders today to outline and emphasize Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s threatening record to voting rights. The speakers underscored the dangerous implications of more restrictive voting rights for marginalized communities. A recording of the press … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases, Voting Rights

ADVISORY – Press Call Monday: #WhatsAtStake for Voting Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Friday, July 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, July 23 at 10:15 a.m. ET, civil rights leaders will hold a telephone press briefing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his threatening record on voting rights. Speakers will reflect on what’s at stake, especially for marginalized communities. RSVP requested to voorhees@civilrights.org. WHEN: Monday, July 23 at 10:15 a.m. ET … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases, Voting Rights

Senate Committee Republicans Cram Through More Ideological Judicial Nominees

Thursday, July 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote to advance Appeals Court nominees Britt Grant for the Eleventh Circuit and David Porter for the Third Circuit: “Senate Republicans continue Trump’s court packing with two more extremist nominees: Grant … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Bounds Withdrawal Shows Need for Senate to Fully Vet Nominees

Thursday, July 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the withdrawal of the nomination of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Ryan Bounds: “Today we saw some Republican senators exercise independence and refuse to be a rubber stamp. Judicial nominees must disclose all of … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senate Eviscerates Checks and Balances by Advancing Extremist Nominee Bounds

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following the party-line vote to advance Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Ryan Bounds: “The Senate’s complete disregard for its long-standing procedures and traditions reached new lows today. By advancing Bounds’ nomination, the Republican-led Senate is cramming … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund Welcome New Campaigns Staff

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, announced the addition of two new senior staff members: LaShawn Warren, senior vice president of campaigns and programs and Lena Zwarensteyn, fair courts campaign director. “We are fortunate to welcome these two talented additions to our … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

In Second #SaveSCOTUS Video, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Says #StopKavanaugh

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released a video today in response to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, highlights the Senate’s duty to put country over party and reject Kavanaugh’s nomination The video details the threat Kavanaugh poses to American civil and … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

100+ Civil, Human Rights Groups Urge Senate to Oppose Brett Kavanaugh

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WASHINGTON—The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 100 national, state, and local organizations today wrote a letter to the Senate urging them to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. “The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of our … Read More

Senate Moves to Vote on Extremist Nominee Andrew Oldham

Tuesday, July 17, 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 for Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Andrew Oldham: “While much of the national attention is on the Supreme Court … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Supreme Court Nomination

Monday, July 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Following President Trump’s announcement of his intent to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Alliance for Justice, and People For the American Way hosted a telephone press briefing with other civil rights leaders to … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Brett Kavanaugh is Unfit to Serve on Supreme Court

Monday, July 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s announcement that he intends to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: “Brett Kavanaugh is a direct threat to our civil and human … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

In Huff Post Commentary, The Leadership Conference Emphasizes Threat to Voting Rights with Supreme Court Vacancy

Friday, July 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a commentary in Huff Post, Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, discusses the danger the country faces in protecting voting rights in the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. “Replacing Justice Kennedy with a justice who shares Trump’s extreme position would leave millions … Read More

Categories: Nominations, Press Releases, Voting Rights

NEW TIME – 10:00 PM ET TODAY: Civil Rights Leaders to Discuss Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Friday, July 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Following President Trump’s announcement of his nomination for the Supreme Court, tonight at 10:00 PM ET, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Alliance for Justice, and People For the American Way will host a telephone press briefing with other civil rights leaders to discuss the significance of his pick and the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

DeVos and Sessions Rescind Key Guidance on School Diversity

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

WASHINGTON — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will rescind guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice that provides a roadmap to implement voluntary diversity and integration programs consistent with Supreme … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

#SaveSCOTUS: New Website Outlines Significance of Supreme Court Vacancy

Thursday, June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – In the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights launched a new website, SaveSCOTUS.org, to serve as a resource platform for critical information about the importance of the Supreme Court and the need for President Trump to nominate an independent, fair-minded justice who will protect the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Senate Judiciary Republicans Advance ‘Crusading Ideologue’ Brasher

Thursday, June 28, 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 voted along party lines to advance the nomination of Andrew Brasher for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama: “Mr. Brasher is a crusading ideologue who has advanced … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Implications of Justice Kennedy Retirement

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON –The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other organizations today hosted a telephone press briefing on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Civil rights leaders outlined what’s at stake in the wake of his retirement, the need for an independent and fair-minded justice, and the importance of opposing any nominee … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

4:30PM ET TODAY: Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today at 4:30 p.m. ET, civil rights leaders will hold a telephone press briefing on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The speakers will reflect on what’s at stake in the wake of his retirement, and the importance of opposing any nominee who will not be an independent and fair-minded justice. … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Statement on the Retirement of Justice Kennedy

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on the announcement that Justice Kennedy plans to retire at the end of the current Supreme Court term: “During his three decades of service on the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy was the fifth and deciding … Read More