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DOJ Says Transgender Discrimination Covered Under Title VII

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that discrimination against transgender people will be protected moving forward by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s sex discrimination prohibition.

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Categories: Discrimination, LGBT Rights, Workers' Rights

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FBI Report Indicates Decrease in Hate Crimes

Thursday, December 11, 2014

An annual report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on December 8 reveals that reported hate crime incidents decreased from 6,573 to 5,928, the lowest number of reported hate crimes since the first year of reporting in 1991. However, civil rights groups remain concerned about the ongoing problem of underreporting, which makes it hard to get an actual picture of the scope of the problem year to year.

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Categories: Discrimination, Hate Crimes & LLEHCPA

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Final LGBT Workplace Protection Rule Announced

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on December 3 announced a final rule to protect LGBT federal contractors, which will implement an executive order signed by President Obama in July. The rule will go into effect 120 days from Friday, December 6, when it was published in the Federal Register.

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Categories: LGBT Rights, Workers' Rights

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Department of Justice Announces Updates to Profiling Guidance

Monday, December 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday unveiled updates to racial profiling guidance first released in June 2003 under President George W. Bush.

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Categories: Racial Profiling

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New Report Details Local Progress in Combatting Poverty

Sunday, November 23, 2014

As part of its goal to cut poverty in half in ten years, Half in Ten released its annual poverty and inequality indicators report at an event at the Center for American Progress on November 17 featuring Sister Simone Campbell of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare, Workers' Rights

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Reaching Low Income Communities of Color on Real Finances

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Earlier this year, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, working with the Asset Building Policy Network (ABPN) and brilliant corners Research & Strategies, undertook a public opinion research project aimed at improving the way we talk with communities of color about issues of financial health. Through a series of focus groups and polling, much of the findings were sobering – and not very surprising.

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Categories: Housing & Lending, Poverty & Welfare

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New Report Evaluates Proposed Changes to 2020 Census

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A new report from The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, and the NALEO Educational Fund evaluates proposed changes to the collection of race and ethnicity data in the 2020 Census that could have significant consequences for civil rights work and the implementation and enforcement of civil rights laws.

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New Sentencing Guidelines Go into Effect

Friday, October 31, 2014

New guidelines that sensibly reduce sentences for most drug trafficking offenses – approved unanimously in April by the United States Sentencing Commission – will go into effect on Saturday, November 1.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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A Win for Transgender Workers

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an agency charged with investigating and prosecuting illegal practices in the federal workplace, made an important and legally reverberating decision last week when it ruled in favor of a transgender federal employee facing workplace discrimination.

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Categories: Discrimination, LGBT Rights, Workers' Rights

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The Leadership Conference Urges Education Department to Maintain Accountability in State Waiver Renewals

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In a letter issued October 27, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urged Secretary Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education to hold states to rigorous standards when renewing waivers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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Categories: Education

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