NAACP Congratulates Tom Perez Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights


WASHINGTON DC – The NAACP congratulates Tom Perez on his successful confirmation to the post of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.  The United States Senate voted decisively 72-22 yesterday to confirm him to the post. 

“The NAACP is very proud and encouraged to have Tom Perez as the new Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.  We look forward to working with him and the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice to advance and protect the civil rights of all Americans,” stated Hilary O. Shelton, Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Director, DC Bureau of the NAACP.

Tom Perez spent his first ten years in practice at the Civil Rights Division, where he began as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Section, and rose to become its Deputy Chief.  He then served as Special Counsel to the late Senator Edward Kennedy on the judiciary committee, working as the Senator’s principal adviser on civil rights, criminal justice, and constitutional issues.  In January 1998, Mr. Perez became Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice.  He was then appointed Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services. 

“Our nation and especially our more vulnerable communities including our racial and ethnic minority citizens need a civil rights division of the justice department that is truly egalitarian and devoted to defending our civil rights.  Tom Perez’s record clearly demonstrates his long standing commitment and well honed skills in the area of defending and advancing the protection of civil rights for all Americans.  Tom Perez is the right person at this time to work with Attorney General Eric Holder to rebuild not only the Civil Rights Division, but also our country’s reputation as a defender and pursuer of the Constitutional promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” added Shelton.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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