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Advancement Project National Office Applauds Senate Confirmation of Kristen Clarke as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice

Jeralyn Cave 

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate voted to confirm veteran civil rights attorney Kristen Clarke as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Advancement Project National Office, a 21st Century racial justice organization, issued the following statement:

“Kristen Clarke has been a tireless champion for civil rights, and we applaud her confirmation by the U.S. Senate. As the first Black woman to hold the position, Clarke’s voting rights experience and work combating racial discrimination will bring a wealth of expertise and leadership to the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. On the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, we can now organize and protest knowing the agency will be an ally in our work to thwart racist voter suppression schemes in states like Georgia and Florida. Clarke’s division will also be important to reimagining public safety, holding police officers accountable when they murder Black and Brown people, and addressing the inequities Black and Brown people, Asians American Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous face in the nation’s criminal legal system. We look forward to seeing the positive impact of her leadership on the Department of Justice.


Advancement Project National Office is a next-generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. Visit 

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