Senators Must Reject Dreiband to Lead Civil Rights Agency

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Nominations, Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398,

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate voted 50-47 to advance the nomination of Eric Dreiband as Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division:

“Eric Dreiband is the wrong choice to lead the nation’s largest civil rights enforcement agency. The Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights must enforce the civil rights laws that protect people from discrimination and make America more just. This is particularly important at a time when civil rights are under constant attack by the Trump-Pence administration and its allies. Yet Dreiband has spent most of his career opposing important civil rights legislation and defending corporations who discriminate against their workers. We urge the Senate to oppose his confirmation.”

The Leadership Conference, along with 79 organizations, previously sent a letter to the Senate in opposition to the Dreiband nomination. That letter is available here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit