Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez told the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning that he intends to restore and transform the Civil Rights Division, a unit hit hard by a loss of 70% of career attorneys between 2003 and 2007 and sharply curtailed enforcement efforts between 2001 and 2007. Perez intends to hire 102 new career attorneys "to tackle both existing and emerging challenges for civil rights in the 21st Century." "That means enforcing all of the laws within our authority."
Perez specifically mentioned these, in order: fair housing and lending; criminal enforcement of hate crimes; employment discrimination; disability rights; civil rights of institutionalized persons; discriminatory policing; voting rights; educational opportunities; religious freedom; and gay rights.