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Latest Press Releases

Health, Human and Civil Rights Advocates Warn Trump HHS Will Weaken Health Law’s Nondiscrimination Provision

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Groups Say HHS Decision Will Reverse Course on Combatting Discrimination in the Health Care System Washington – Even as another attempt surfaces in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid funding, the Trump administration is working to revise a provision of the law (Section 1557) that outlaws discrimination against sex and gender … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Graham-Cassidy’s Attack on Affordable Care Act and Medicaid

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the health care legislation released today by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.): “This latest attempt by Republicans to undermine the Affordable Care Act and destroy Medicaid is mean-spirited and must fail. Instead … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Mourns Passing of Edith Windsor

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on the passing of Edith Windsor, who was the named plaintiff in a successful legal challenge to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as applying only to heterosexual couples for … Read More

Categories: LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

In Concord Monitor Op-Ed, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Sham Pence-Kobach Commission

Monday, September 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – With the Pence-Kobach voting commission gathering in New Hampshire for its second meeting on Tuesday, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, wrote an op-ed in the Concord Monitor discrediting the sham commission’s claims of widespread voter fraud and highlighting concrete steps that would increase participation in … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Sessions Justice Department Shamefully Supports LGBTQ Discrimination

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued the following statement after the Sessions Justice Department filed a brief today with the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  In its brief, the government argues that businesses have a right to discriminate against LGBT … Read More

Categories: LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

186 Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Congress to Immediately Pass the Dream Act

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights along with 185 civil and human rights groups sent a letter to Congress to urge lawmakers to immediately pass the Dream Act without amendment. “President Trump’s cruel and inhumane decision to end DACA must not stand,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Secretary DeVos Seeks to Silence Survivors of Sexual Violence

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ announcement to reconsider Title IX sexual assault guidance, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “Today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched her latest and mean-spirited attack on students’ civil rights. Make no mistake – Secretary … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil Rights Leaders Meet with Senate Democratic Leadership, Discuss Efforts to Combat Hate and Protect Civil Rights

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, civil rights leaders met with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other members of the Democratic caucus to discuss post-Charlottesville efforts to combat hate and protect civil rights. The groups participating in the meeting, convened at the request of Leader Schumer, included The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Anti-Defamation League; … Read More

ADVISORY- The Long Game: Why the 1957 Civil Rights Act Still Matters Today

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m. ET, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law will co-sponsor an afternoon panel discussion to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which established the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Dreiband Shows He is Not the Right Person to Lead Civil Rights Division

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Eric Dreiband’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dreiband is President Trump’s nominee to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division: “We were deeply disappointed by Chairman Grassley’s decision to stack today’s hearings … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Senators Must Demand Answers from Dreiband, Judicial Nominees

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement ahead of today’s nominations hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Among the nominees being considered are Eric Dreiband to be Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, and Amy Coney Barrett to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Dismayed by Trump’s Cruel Decision to End DACA

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that President Trump is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “President Trump’s decision to end DACA in six months is inhumane, cruel and shameful. There … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Statement on Labor Day

Friday, September 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the former chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Labor in the Obama administration, released the following statement in advance of Labor Day: “As we prepare to celebrate Labor Day and America’s workers, it is … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Dismayed by Ruling on Updated Overtime Rule

Thursday, August 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – June Zeitlin, director, human rights policy of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after a federal district judge struck down the Department of Labor’s updated overtime rule: “This decision is a slap in the face to the 12.5 million people who would have benefited from the overtime rule. … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject Dreiband as Head of Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

Thursday, August 31, 2017

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 78 civil and human rights groups, sent a letter to senators urging them to oppose the confirmation of Eric Dreiband to be the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Lauds Federal Injunction on Texas’ Anti-Immigrant S.B. 4

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction to halt, for now, most of Texas Senate Bill 4 (S.B. 4), which was scheduled to go into effect on September 1: “This is a victory for … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Administration to Allow Collection of Vital Pay Data

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced it would be halting the collection of equal pay data by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): “This action … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Equal Opportunity, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Illinois AG’s Lawsuit to Ensure Constitutional Policing in Chicago

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and former head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), issued the following statement after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago for its failure to remedy a … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Lifting of Ban on Transfer of Military Surplus to Domestic Law Enforcement

Monday, August 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement based on reports that Attorney General Sessions will lift the Obama administration’s ban on the transfer of some military surplus items to domestic law enforcement: “These guidelines were created after Ferguson to ensure that police … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Departure of Sebastian Gorka

Friday, August 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after Sebastian Gorka departed from the White House: “Sebastian Gorka’s departure is long overdue and welcome, but he should not have been working in the White House in the first place. No one who supports … Read More

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Trump’s Pardon of Sheriff Arpaio

Friday, August 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after President Donald Trump issued a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio: “Instead of a dog whistle, President Trump picked up a bull horn and let out a hateful shout tonight when he pardoned someone who … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump’s Barring of Transgender Military Service

Friday, August 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after President Donald Trump issued a memorandum to effectively ban transgender people from serving in the United States Armed Forces: “Just days after President Trump addressed our troops at Fort Myer about the strength of … Read More

Categories: LGBTQ Rights, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Ending DACA Would be a ‘Grave’ Error

Thursday, August 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following after reports that President Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program: “It would be a grave moral and legal error for the Trump administration to end the DACA program. We must not allow … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil Rights Organizations and Census Experts Highlight Damaging Consequences of Congress’ Failure to Fund the 2020 Census Appropriately

Thursday, August 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, leading civil rights organizations and census experts hosted an audio press briefing to discuss ongoing policy decisions that could put a successful 2020 Census at risk, including a lack of sufficient funding for rigorous, on-time census planning and preparations, and the need for a highly qualified and widely respected professional to serve … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Praises Federal Ruling in Texas Voter ID Case

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on a federal judge’s ruling today that Texas’ voter ID law intentionally discriminates against the state’s voters of color: “Today’s ruling is an important victory for voting rights and those who fight for them every … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights