The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
Leadership Conference Congressional Testimony
Election 2004: Is America Ready?
Wade Henderson - April 9, 2004
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
"This task of building voter confidence has been made especially challenging due to a number of studies that raise serious questions about whether current technology is adequately secure."
Repositioning for New Realities: Securing EEOC'S Continued Effectiveness
Wade Henderson - September 8, 2003
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
"We believe deeply in the EEOC's mission and the critical role it plays in investigating and challenging discriminatory employment practices. We are firmly committed to helping to ensure that the Commission thrives as a vital institution with the tools and resources it needs to accomplish its work in an effective manner."
Voting Representation in Congress for the Citizens of the District of Columbia
Wade Henderson - May 23, 2002
Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
"Voting is the language of our democracy. Without it, the citizens of the District of Columbia are the silent voice in the wilderness, spectators to democracy, right in the literal shadow of the very governing institutions that serve as a shining beacon to the rest of the world."
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC)
Wade Henderson - March 21, 2002
House Judiciary Committee; Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law
"A closer look at the numbers of cases fought and won by the OSC reveals that the agency is still just barely scratching the surface when it comes to effectively combating immigration-related discrimination in the workplace."
Racial Disparities in Federal Drug Sentencing
Wade Henderson - February 25, 2002
U.S. Sentencing Commission
"The vast majority of Blacks and Hispanics are law-abiding citizens and law enforcement tactics that assume otherwise are unfair and intolerable."
On the Nomination of Brian Jones for General Counsel to the Department of Education
Wade Henderson - September 6, 2001
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
"Our careful review of Mr. Jones's record leads to the conclusion that his extreme views on civil rights enforcement, including enforcement that is the responsibility of the Department of Education, threatens a radical change in the Department's approach to issues of discrimination in every area - race, ethnicity, sex, disability, and age - that should lead the Committee to reject his nomination."
Predatory Lending and Abusive Mortgage Lending Practices
Wade Henderson - July 27, 2001
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
"While more Americans own their homes today than any time in our history, minorities and others who historically have been under-served by the lending industry still suffer from a significant homeownership gap."
Testimony on Faith-Based Initiatives
Wade Henderson - June 6, 2001
Senate Judiciary Committee
"The Leadership Conference believes that the employment provision of charitable choice threatens a cornerstone principle of our nation's civil rights laws, i.e., that federal funds generally will not go to persons who discriminate against others."