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The Public Policy Project advocates for the effective advancement of civil rights law at the state and federal level working with other organizations as well as legislators.

Recent Public Policy News

February 16, 2017

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Statement in Response to Alexander Acosta’s Nomination by President Trump to Head Labor Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor: “I am astonished by the nomination of Alexander Acosta to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.  Mr. Acosta led the Civil Rights Division at a time that was marked by stark politicization, and other improper hiring and personnel decisions that were fully laid to bare in a 2008 report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).  The OIG found that actions taken during Mr. Acosta’s tenure violated Justice Department policy and federal law. Political and ideological affiliations were used as a litmus test to evaluate job candidates and career attorneys, wreaking havoc on the work of the Division.  This egregious conduct played out under Mr. Acosta’s watch and undermined the integrity of the Civil Rights Division.  […]

Testimony

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

““S. 2123, Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015””

October 19, 2015

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Crime and Terrorism

“Hearing on: Body Cameras: Can Technology Increase Protection for Law Enforcement Officers and the Public”

May 19, 2015

Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary

“Public Roundtable on the Metropolitan Police Department’s Body-Worn Camera Program”

May 7, 2015

U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunities Commission

“EEOC at 50: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Discrimination In the 21st Century Workplace”

April 15, 2015

Workforce Protections Subcommittee

“Hearing on H.R. 548, “

March 24, 2015

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