The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
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.
Civil Rights Coalition Says Warren's Appointment to Oversee New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Is a Positive Step
September 17, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Following news that President Obama will appoint Elizabeth Warren to oversee the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as the assistant to the president and special advisor to the secretary of the Treasury, Leadership Conference Executive Vice President Nancy Zirkin said:
Justice Department Clarifies State Courts’ Obligation to Provide Language Interpreters and Translators
August 18, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The Department of Justice sent a letter to state courts on Monday clarifying the courts' obligation to provide language assistance to those who are not English proficient so that all people have fair access to the courts.
June 30, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is taking steps to strengthen enforcement and regulation in the aftermath of a housing crisis that has disproportionately affected minority communities.
June 18, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. spoke last night at the 18th Annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecture held at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).
May 14, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Arizona’s new anti-immigration law (S.B. 1070) would make the federal government complicit in racial profiling, unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinds agreements with Arizona law enforcement under an immigration training and enforcement program, according to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the AFL-CIO.
April 28, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Thomas E. Perez, the head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, recently told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee that he is expanding civil rights enforcement in the areas of employment, voting, and housing, and revamping the division's hiring process.
Civil Rights Groups Applaud Department of Education's Renewed Commitment to Civil Rights Enforcement
March 8, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Department of Education this week announced plans to step up its enforcement of federal civil rights laws that require states and school districts to provide equal educational opportunity to all American children, regardless of race, gender, or disability. Listen to Leadership Conference President and CEO Wade Henderson in a discussion of the Education Department's new civil rights enforcement policy.
March 4, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 12-7 Dawn Johnsen's nomination to head the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).
February 26, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
African-American farmers who experienced discrimination by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) may finally receive compensation.
January 20, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Responding to the severe housing and credit crisis in the United States, Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez recently announced the creation of a fair lending unit within the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Perez, who leads the division, identified "lending discrimination" as particularly destructive, stating that "it's discrimination with a smile, and it tears communities apart."
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