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Latest Press Releases

House Judiciary Committee Fails to Advance Meaningful Justice System Reform

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee approved two pieces of legislation: the FIRST STEP Act and the Protect and Serve Act of 2018: “The House Judiciary Committee’s passage of both pieces of legislation today signifies a … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Hate Crimes, Press Releases

Senate Demolishes Checks and Balances

Wednesday, May 9, 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 on Michael Brennan’s nomination to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: “The Republican vote to end debate and force an … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Confirmation of Engelhardt Threatens Marginalized Communities

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of Kurt Engelhardt to a Louisiana seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit: “Judge Engelhardt has had a troubling record during his 17-year tenure as a district … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Challenge HUD’s Decision to Suspend Fair Housing Rule

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – In support of the National Fair Housing Alliance, Texas Housers, and Texas Appleseed lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) decision to suspend the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH), Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “The … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, Fair Housing, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund Expand Communications, Campaign Staff

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, announced the addition of four new staff members: Sarah Edwards, senior writer; Lynda Garcia, policing campaign director; Kristen Voorhees, communications manager; and LaGloria Wheatfall, communications manager. “We are thrilled to welcome these new faces to our … Read More

Categories: Press Releases

Gupta: Congress Must Overturn Census Citizenship Question

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, today joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Tri-Caucus and Oversight Democrats, at a press conference preceding the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) hearing on the 2020 Census. Gupta urged Congress to overturn Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases

In The Hill Op-ed, Civil Rights Leader Urges Senate to Reject Brennan, Preserve Checks and Balances

Monday, May 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a The Hill op-ed, Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called on the U.S. Senate to reject the confirmation of Trump’s far-right judicial nominee Michael Brennan and to protect the checks and balances between Congress and the executive branch. This call for accountability … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Wisconsin Civil Rights Leaders Speak Against Troubling Vote on Brennan

Monday, May 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Wisconsin civil rights leaders today held a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Senate is expected to vote this week on Brennan’s nomination to be a lifetime judge. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a cloture petition … Read More

In Heartless Move, Trump Administration Ends TPS for Honduras

Friday, May 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – In response to the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 50,000 Hondurans nationwide, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “True to form, this administration deliberately chose to wreak havoc on the lives of nearly 57,000 Hondurans … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

PRESS CALL MONDAY: Wisconsin Civil Rights Leaders Speak Out Against Troubling Vote on Brennan

Friday, May 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. CT, civil rights leaders will hold a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Senate is expected to hold a cloture vote next week to schedule a floor … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases

Facebook Commits to Long Overdue Civil Rights Audit

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the announcement by Facebook that it will conduct a civil rights audit of the company’s practices: “We are encouraged by Facebook’s commitment to conduct a civil rights audit of the company and its products, and … Read More

Categories: Media & Technology, Press Releases

Experts Discuss 2020 Census ‘Nuts and Bolts’

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund; Terri Ann Lowenthal, former staff director for the House Census and Population Subcommittee; and Dr. Joseph J. Salvo, director of the Population Division of the NYC Department of Planning, hosted a background briefing to discuss key milestones for the 2020 Census, ways to measure census progress and … Read More

Categories: Census, 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