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Posted byon February 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM EST
This National African American History Month, as we reflect on “Civil Rights in America,” we celebrate historic achievements and foot soldiers, well-known and unknown, who fought to secure rights long denied.
Posted byon January 24, 2014 at 2:02 PM EST
The Administration is undertaking a targeted effort to support the needs of Holocaust survivors living in the United States.
Posted byon December 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM EST
In recognition of World AIDS Day 2013, the Department of Justice reaffirms its commitment to eradicating stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS across our country. This year’s observance offers us the chance to both reflect on the work we have done in the past year to protect the rights of people with HIV/AIDS and – due to the sad truth of continuing discrimination – the significant work to be done in the year ahead.
Posted byon November 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM EST
Today, November 20th, communities across the country and around the world will mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. This day is an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives to violence and injustice because of their gender identity or gender expression.
Posted byon November 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM EST
Right now, in 29 states, lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (LGBT) Americans lack sufficient protections against employment discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This week, the Senate passed a bill—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)—that would close this gap in our nation’s civil rights laws.
Posted byon November 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM EST
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, would provide strong federal protections against discrimination, making it explicitly illegal to fire someone because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT).
Posted byon November 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST
In an op-ed published in the Huffington Post, the President speaks directly to the American people to ensure everyone understands what’s at stake and why it’s so important that Congress move forward on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA.
Posted byon October 28, 2013 at 3:15 PM EST
Four years after the passage of the Shepard-Byrd Act, and more than a decade after the brutal murders of the men for whom it was named, prosecuting hate crimes remains a top priority for the President, the Attorney General and the Civil Rights Division.
Senate Votes to Confirm Todd Hughes to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitPosted byon September 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM EST
The Senate unanimously confirms Todd Hughes to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Like all of the President’s judicial nominees, Hughes has the intellect, experience, integrity, and temperament to be a successful judge. He is also gay.
Posted byon September 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM EST
Today marks the 19th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The initial VAWA legislation focused on changing law enforcement practices, improving the criminal justice system, and increasing access to shelters and services for victims. VAWA strengthened the federal criminal code, creating interstate crimes of domestic violence and doubling penalties for repeat sex offenders.