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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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