Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies
Civil rights laws, once enacted by Congress, are meaningful only if they are duly enforced by the executive branch.
Various federal departments, agencies, and commissions are charged with investigating civil rights violations, redressing instances of discrimination, and providing guidance to individuals and businesses about their rights and responsibilities under the law. It's important that the individuals selected to lead these departments and agencies -- nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate -- are committed to fair and impartial enforcement of our nation's civil rights laws.
February 23, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Trump administration on Wednesday sent a letter to the nation’s schools announcing its rescission of the Obama administration’s federal guidance to protect transgender students.
February 9, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education and on Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General – despite overwhelming opposition to each from the civil rights community. They will now both lead federal agencies responsible for enforcing civil rights laws.
February 1, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved (11-9) the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R. Ala., to be U.S. Attorney General – a nomination that has been opposed by more than 430 national, state, and local civil and human rights organizations.
May 17, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities.
December 17, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
On December 15, the U.S. Department of Justice released new guidance for combatting gender bias in law enforcement response to sexual and domestic violence.
April 23, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed (56-43) Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, making her the first African-American woman to serve in the position. Ten Republicans joined every Democrat in voting for her confirmation.
February 26, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Thursday advanced the nomination (12-8) of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. Attorney General. If confirmed by the Senate, Lynch would be the first African-American woman to hold the position.
January 29, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust
On January 29, the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up its two-day confirmation hearing on U.S. Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch. If confirmed, Lynch would make history as the first African-American woman to serve in the position.
May 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
A letter from more than 1,000 law professors and deans this week questioned the message the Senate sent in March when it filibustered the nomination of Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice.
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