Confirm Kristen Clarke and Vanita Gupta

On January 7, President Biden announced Vanita Gupta’s nomination as Associate Attorney General and Kristen Clarke’s nomination to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the US Department of Justice.

Vanita Gupta

  • has spent her entire career fighting successfully for greater equity in our criminal legal system and advancing the rights and dignity of every person in America
  • is a proven consensus builder as well as civil rights leader and attorney given her time at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, ACLU, Department of Justice, and most recently at the helm of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • is a fierce champion for justice and can bring back independence and integrity to the department
  • will bring a vital civil rights and racial justice focus to the work of the Justice Department at a critical moment for our country

Kristen Clarke

  • 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.
  • has helped to strengthen our democracy through her career-long civil rights efforts

Both Gupta and Clarke have a depth and breadth of experience upholding our democracy and challenging injustice in our courts and communities. If confirmed, Vanita Gupta would be the first woman of color in US history to serve as Associate Attorney General and the first civil rights lawyer to serve in one of the top three positions at the Justice Department. Kristen Clarke would be the first woman to lead the Civil Rights Division and the first Black woman to hold the position. We expect a hearing on Vanita Gupta’s nomination on March 9 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, with a hearing scheduled for Kristen Clarke later this month or in April.

Check out NCJW’s letter’s to lawmakers in support of Kristen and Vanita:

Watch NCJW’s CEO Sheila Katz in conversation with Kristen Clarke