Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc (LDF) sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing unequivocal support for the nomination of Kristen Clarke to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice (DOJ). At such a critical time in our nation’s history, it’s of paramount importance that the Department of Justice and the Civil Rights Division be led by lawyers with a demonstrated commitment to integrity, independence, civil rights, and equal justice under the law. Ms. Clarke is precisely the person to restore the original spirit of the Civil Rights Division. She has dedicated her entire career to the enforcement and expansion of civil rights. Her extensive record of civil rights advocacy and enforcement, as well as her deep commitment to justice and professional integrity, makes us confident in her ability to excel as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

Read our full letter here


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