The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Leadership Conference Congressional Testimony


Responses to the Increase in Religious Hate Crimes
Vanita Gupta - May 2, 2017
Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Hearing on the "Financial CHOICE Act of 2017"
Rob Randhava - April 28, 2017
House Financial Services Committee

The Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General
Wade Henderson - January 10, 2017
Senate Committee on the Judiciary

"The totality of Senator Sessions’ record, despite some positive aspects, disqualifies him from wielding the tremendous authority and public trust that comes with serving as Attorney General. For the above reasons, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urges you to vote against his confirmation. "

The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States
Wade Henderson - December 9, 2014
Senate Committee on the Judiciary

The Federal Arbitration Act and Access to Justice: Will Recent Supreme Court Decisions Undermine the Rights of Consumers, Workers, and Small Businesses?
Wade Henderson - December 17, 2013
Senate Committee on the Judiciary

"The Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA), S. 878, reestablishes the congressional intent of the Federal Arbitration Act by requiring that agreements to arbitrate employment, consumer, antitrust or civil rights disputes be made after the dispute has arisen. "

Examining Recent Actions by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Wade Henderson - December 4, 2013
House Education and the Workforce Committee Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

"Receipt of a federal contract comes with a number of responsibilities beyond compliance with federal nondiscrimination and anti-retaliation laws. It also requires developing meaningful and effective efforts to recruit and employ underrepresented individuals, creating and enforcing personnel policies that support the contractor’s affirmative action efforts, maintaining accurate records on its affirmative action efforts, and providing OFCCP access to these records upon request. "

Statement of Wade Henderson, President & CEO The Leadership Conference on Civil ond Human Rights “Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences” Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Wade Henderson - September 18, 2013
Senate Committee on the Judiciary

"Mass incarceration, a steady and strategic outgrowth of historic racial and economic caste systems, is arguably the new structure of systematic enclosure and exploitation, specifically targeting people of color. "

From Selma to Shelby County: Working Together to Restore the Protections of The Voting Rights Act
Wade Henderson - July 17, 2013
Senate Judiciary Committee

"The Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County has now put at risk the very progress it used to justify its opinion. Without congressional action, decades of progress in combating racial discrimination in our electoral system is now at risk."

“The Federal Role in America’s Infrastructure” United States House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
Wade Henderson - February 28, 2013
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

"The choices we make with respect to federal transportation policy—what we build, where we build, who builds it, what energy powers it—have an enormous impact on our economy, our climate, our health, and on our ability as a society to achieve the American Dream. "

Hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Wade Henderson - February 13, 2013
Senate Judiciary Committee

Statement of Wade Henderson, President & CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: Hearing on “Census: Planning Ahead For 2020”
Wade Henderson - July 18, 2012
Subcommittee On Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, And International Security

"Simply put, the loss of ACS data would thwart both public and private efforts to address the needs and interests of our diverse country. "

Hearing on “Ending Racial Profiling In America” Before the Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights United States Senate
Wade Henderson - April 17, 2012
Judiciary Committee; Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights United States Senate

"Racial profiling is a moral and social problem that threatens our shared value of humane treatment of all people under the law. The recent and avoidable shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin, has focused attention on the need to ensure that our communities are protected from racial profiling and hate crimes. "

Excluded from Democracy: The Impact of Recent Voting Changes
Wade Henderson - November 14, 2011
House Committee on the Judiciary-Minority

"Recently-erected barriers to the ballot such as photo ID requirements, shortened early voting periods, limits on poll worker assistance, proof of citizenship requirements at the polls, restrictions on same day and third-party registration, and disenfranchisement of former felons are nothing less than an all-out assault on the progress of the last century—indeed, on the very legacy of the civil and human rights movement. "

Hearing on “21st Century Law Enforcement: "How Smart Policing Targets Criminal Behavior” Before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security United States House of Representatives
Wade Henderson - November 4, 2011
House Judiciary Committee; Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

"Despite the strides our nation has made toward achieving racial equality, racial profiling is an area in which racial inequality persists, and it is counterintuitive to the goals of smart policing. "

Hearing on “Legislative Issues for Transportation Reauthorization”
Wade Henderson - July 21, 2011
Commmittee on Environment & Public Works

Women's Rights Are Human Rights: U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Wade Henderson - November 18, 2010
Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law

"With the addition of Human Rights to our name this year, The Leadership Conference is signaling the importance of using the international human rights framework as another powerful tool to advance our civil rights and social justice agenda. We view ratifying the CEDAW treaty as fundamental to achieving equal rights and opportunities for women around the world, including the United States. The failure to ratify this treaty for the rights of women undercuts the credibility of our nation’s stated intention to engage as a global partner, and weakens the effectiveness of our advocacy for human rights, including the rights of women and girls everywhere."

Modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act
Wade Henderson - July 19, 2010
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Office of Thrift Supervision

"Now, more than ever, there is a clear need for access to stable and affordable financial services in order to rebuild communities devastated by financial abuses and to help families maintain economic security. The Community Reinvestment Act could play a critical role in helping to ensure that banks meet this need."

Hearing on "Racial Profiling and the Use of Suspect Classifications in Law Enforcement Policy"
Wade Henderson - June 17, 2010
House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties

"Racial profiling violates U.S. laws. According to the U.S. Constitution and federal laws and guidelines, every person has the fundamental right to equal protection under the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin. Racial profiling is so insidious and pervasive that it can affect people in their homes or at work, or while driving, flying, or walking. It is antithetical to the founding principle in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and to the Constitutional right to equal protection under the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin."

The Law of the Land: U.S. Implementation of Human Rights Treaties
Wade Henderson - December 16, 2009
Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights

"As a coalition, we understand that human rights instruments like UDHR and CERD are not only a set of universal ethical standards and global norms embodying the aspirations of people all over the world, but also potentially effective tools useful in illuminating and addressing persistent inequities here at home."

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