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Groups Call for a Justice Department Committed to Civil Rights Enforcement

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 76 groups, today issued the following statement on the need for President-elect Joe Biden to name an attorney general of the United States and other senior leadership of the U.S. Department of Justice who have strong records with regard to civil rights enforcement and justice reform:

“The Biden-Harris administration must make civil rights enforcement a priority, and the Department of Justice is a pivotal leader in that effort. We need an attorney general and other senior leadership who are committed to ending discrimination; addressing white supremacy and hate violence; and advancing racial, gender, disability, ethnic, religious, immigrant, and LGBTQ justice. We need leaders who understand the authority, processes, and mission of the department, and who will defend the bedrock principle of equal justice for all people in America.

“We expect the department to be led with integrity, impartiality, and independence. Americans deserve an attorney general with a deep respect for the fundamental principles of liberty and justice for all, a demonstrated commitment to protecting and advancing the civil rights of everyone, and an unyielding dedication to transforming the criminal legal system.

“We look forward to working with the new department leadership and holding them accountable to achieve these goals.”

The following organizations have endorsed this statement:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Advancement Project National Office

American Association of People with Disabilities

American Atheists

American Constitution Society

American Humanist Association

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)

Arab American Institute

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Center for Disability Rights, Inc.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Center for Public Representation

Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism – California State University, San Bernardino

Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues

Common Cause

Defending Rights & Dissent

Disability Rights Advocates

Education Law Center-PA

End Citizens United / Let America Vote Action Fund

Equal Justice Society

Fair Elections Center

Faith in Public Life

Feminist Majority Foundation

Government Information Watch

Hindu American Foundation

Hispanic Federation

Human Rights Campaign

Interfaith Alliance

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

Japanese American Citizens League

Justice in Aging

Lambda Legal

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

League of Women Voters of the United States


Matthew Shepard Foundation

Missouri Voter Protection Coalition

Muslim Advocates


NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

National Action Network

National Association of Social Workers

National Black Justice Coalition

National Coalition for Literacy

National Council of Churches

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council on Independent Living

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

National Employment Law Project

National Employment Lawyers Association

National Health Law Program

National Immigration Law Center

National LGBTQ Task Force

National Women’s Law Center

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

People For the American Way

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Public Justice

Revolving Door Project

Southern Echo Inc.

SPLC Action Fund

Stand Up America

Texas Progressive Action Network

The Sikh Coalition

The Workers Circle

Transformative Justice Coalition


Union for Reform Judaism


Voto Latino

Workplace Fairness

(List last updated December 15, 2020)


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit


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