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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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Civil Rights Groups Urge DeVos, Sessions to Uphold Strong Civil Rights Offices

March 1, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Leadership Conference and a number of partner organizations this week sent letters to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging them to staff their agencies’ civil rights offices with individuals who will protect civil rights.

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Trump Administration Rescinds Title IX Guidance on Transgender Students

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.

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Senate Confirms DeVos, Sessions to Lead Important Civil Rights Agencies

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.

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Judiciary Committee Sends Sessions Nomination to Senate Floor

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.

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DOJ Announces Implicit Bias Training Program

June 27, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday unveiled an initiative to ensure that all federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors will receive mandatory training in implicit bias.

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HHS Announces New Non-Discrimination Rule

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.

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Justice Department Issues Guidance to Combat Gender Bias in Policing

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.

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After Historic Delay, Senate Finally Confirms Loretta Lynch

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.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Historic Lynch Nomination

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.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Concludes Lynch Confirmation Hearing

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.

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