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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Statement Ahead of the Senate’s Confirmation Hearing on the Nomination of Eric Dreiband to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

For Immediate Release September 6, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement in anticipation of the confirmation hearing on the nomination of Eric Dreiband to serve as Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice:

“As the Senate Judiciary Committee undertakes the nomination of Eric Dreiband to lead the Civil Rights Division, the Committee must determine whether he is capable of restoring the integrity of an office that has lost its way.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made clear his hostility to civil rights at every turn, reversing decisions in critical cases concerning voting rights and policing reform and instituting directives that have reignited our nation’s failed ‘War on Drugs’.  Unless Eric Dreiband is willing to reverse destructive actions taken by the Attorney General and can commit to restoring civil rights enforcement across the Division, his nomination must be rejected.

“This nomination arises at a critical time in our history. The spike in hate crimes, voter suppression and police violence across our country make clear the vital mission of the Civil Rights Division. African American, Latino, immigrants, LGBT and other minority communities demand leadership that will stand up to a hostile Attorney General and restore the mission of the Civil Rights Division.”

See our full letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee here

About the Lawyers’ Committee:

The Lawyers’ Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination.  Now in its 54th year, the Lawyers’ Committee is continuing its quest “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights.

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