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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.

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Over One Thousand Law Professors and Deans Express Concern Over Blocked Adegbile Nomination

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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Senate Blocks Nomination of Adegbile to Civil Rights Post

March 5, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Senate blocked the nomination (47-52) on Wednesday of Debo P. Adegbile to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, becoming the first nominee not to get cloture since the Senate changed its filibuster rules in November.

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Judiciary Committee Sends Adegbile Nomination to Senate Floor

February 6, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 today to advance the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Civil and Human Rights Advocates Support Debo Adegbile’s Nomination to Head Civil Rights Division

January 8, 2014 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Today is the confirmation hearing for Debo Adegbile, who has been nominated to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Committee Vote Sends President Obama’s Secretary of Labor Nominee Tom Perez to Full Senate

May 21, 2013 - Posted by Monica We

In a 12-10 vote along party lines, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee last week voted out the nomination of Tom Perez  to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Obama.

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Jenny Yang Sworn In as EEOC Commissioner

May 15, 2013 - Posted by Ron Bigler

With the swearing in this week of Jenny Yang to serve as one of five commissioners of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency is now fully staffed to carry out its work ensuring that all Americans receive fair and equal treatment when seeking employment.

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Labor Board Asks Supreme Court to Review Ruling Against Obama Recess Appointments

March 15, 2013 - Posted by Lexer Quamie

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced this week that it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling finding that President Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional.

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Oversight Hearing Assesses Progress of the Civil Rights Division

September 23, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held an oversight hearing last week to review the progress of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division since the confirmation of Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez to lead the division almost two years ago.

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Justice Department Announces Resolution of Racially Motivated Crimes

September 7, 2011 - Posted by Corrine Yu

Two brothers who admitted they had hung a dead raccoon from a noose from a flagpole located in front of a Louisiana junior high school pled guilty to intimidating students based on race, the Justice Department announced on September 2.

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Department of Justice Investigation Reveals Racial, LGBT, and Gender-Biased Policing by the New Orleans Police Department

March 23, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Use of excessive force, racial and ethnic profiling, and under-enforcement of violence against women are just a few of several constitutional and federal law violations made by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), according to a report recently released by the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

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