- The issue: The Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice upholds the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans. The head of this Division, the Associate Attorney General, oversees the enforcement of federal anti-discrimination laws as well as laws protecting access to reproductive health services and our religious freedom.
- The good news: Kristen Clarke is currently nominated for this position. She has an extensive civil rights record with proven outcomes expanding and securing rights for women, the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, and communities of color. If confirmed, she would be the first woman and Black woman to lead the Civil Rights Division.
- Our task: Tell your senators to confirm Kristen Clarke!
On January 7, President Biden announced the nomination of Kristen Clarke to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the US Department of Justice.
- has an extensive civil rights record and has fought for racial justice throughout her career;
- has worked to expand and secure rights for women, the LGBTQ community, religious minorities facing discrimination, and communities of color;
- took bold action at the New York State Attorney General’s Office, securing religious accommodations, fighting anti-Semitism, and more; and
- has helped to strengthen our democracy through her career-long civil rights efforts.
Kristen Clarke has a depth and breadth of experience upholding our democracy and challenging injustice in our courts and communities. If confirmed, Clarke would be the first woman to lead the Civil Rights Division and the first Black woman to hold the position. We expect a vote on Kristen Clarke’s nomination in the Senate Judiciary Committee in May with a full Senate vote later in the month.
Check out NCJW’s letter’s to lawmakers in support of Kristen:
- Jewish Communal Endorsement for Kristen Clarke
- NCJW’s Letter of Support for the Confirmation of Kirsten Clarke to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
- Interfaith Sign-On Letter in Support of Kristen Clarke
Watch NCJW’s CEO Sheila Katz in conversation with Kristen Clarke