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Latest 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

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Bill to Reform Congressional Procedures for Combating Harassment and Discrimination

Friday, January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 4822, sponsored by Congressman Gregg Harper(R-Miss.): “Thanks to courageous women who have been speaking up around the country, we know that sexual harassment in the workplace continues to be a pervasive problem. The United … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Women's Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Continued Effort to Rush Through Unacceptable Judicial, Executive Nominees

Thursday, January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement today following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of 17 judicial nominees and six executive branch nominees, including Eric Dreiband’s nomination to lead the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice: “Chairman Grassley and his … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Latest Trump Effort to Create a License to Discriminate

Thursday, January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement of a proposed rule through the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to allow health care providers to discriminate against patients, and the creation … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Reject OCR Nominee Kenneth Marcus

Thursday, January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the Senate HELP Committee’s party-line approval of Kenneth L. Marcus’ nomination to be the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education: “Mr. Marcus’ own record of anti-civil rights positions and his failure … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Denounces Decision to Bar Haitians From Receiving H2 Visas

Thursday, January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON—In response to the Trump administration’s decision to bar Haitians from receiving H2-A and H2-B visas, Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “After denying Haitians Temporary Protected Status and deriding their country in vulgar terms, President Trump has unveiled a new … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

National Civil Rights Leaders Decry Raw Racism of Trump

Friday, January 12, 2018

Amidst Principled Negotiations on the Dream Act, Trump Shows That One Value Drives His Decisions Above All Others: White Supremacy Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the raw racism of Donald Trump and those driving his immigration and other policy making decisions were on full display as he called for fewer Black people to be admitted into … Read More

Categories: Immigration, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition on White House Criminal Justice Reform Meeting: We Need a Comprehensive Solution

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the White House’s meeting today on prison reform: “For more than three decades, the nation has enacted sentencing policies that are racially and ethnically biased and have contributed to incarceration on a scale that exists … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Press Releases

In USA Today Op-ed, Civil Rights Leaders Reject New Medicaid Work Requirements

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Following the release of new guidelines by the Trump administration that would allow states to seek waivers to require Medicaid recipients to work, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, penned an op-ed in … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns New Medicaid Work Requirements

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the release of new guidelines by the Trump administration that would allow states to seek waivers to require Medicaid recipients to work: “President Trump ended 2017 by giving the wealthiest Americans an enormous tax cut … Read More

Categories: Disability Rights, Health Care, Press Releases

Progressive Leaders Demand Congress Act on Key Priorities; Dreamers, Disaster Relief and CHIP Must Be Addressed

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, UnidosUS, the Center for American Progress, and 52 other leading civil rights organizations sent a letter to Congress demanding action by January 19 or earlier on urgent and unfinished business. The leaders cited the need to provide permanent protection for Dreamers, relief to areas affected … Read More

Categories: Health Care, Immigration, Press Releases

Civil Rights Groups Urge Senate HELP Committee to Reject Confirmation of Ken Marcus to Head OCR

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 31 civil rights groups wrote a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) urging members to oppose the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Civil rights … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

171 Civil and Human Rights Groups to Secretary Ross: Oppose DOJ’s Unnecessary Request to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 170 civil and human rights groups, sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to reject the Department of Justice’s untimely and unnecessary request for Acting Census Director Ron Jarmin to add a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census. “A fair … Read More

Categories: Census, Press Releases