October 24, 2016
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National Womens Law Center Applauds Confirmation of Thomas Perez


(Washington, DC)  The National WomenÂ’s Law Center applauds the Senate for confirming Thomas Perez as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today by a bipartisan vote of 72-22. The National WomenÂ’s Law Center (NWLC) strongly supported Mr. PerezÂ’s nomination.


 Â“The National WomenÂ’s Law Center commends the Senate for confirming Tom Perez as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and is proud to have supported his nomination,” said NWLC Co-President Marcia Greenberger.  Â“Mr. Perez, who brings twenty years of experience enforcing and supporting our nationÂ’s civil rights laws, is eminently qualified for this position.” 


Mr. Perez has spent his entire career in public service.  He worked as a career prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division, where he was quickly promoted to Deputy Chief of the Criminal Section.  He was appointed to be Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in 1998, and he served as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services from February 1999 until the end of the Clinton Administration.  At various points in his career, Mr. Perez worked for the late Senator Edward Kennedy, advising the Senator on civil rights, criminal justice and constitutional issues, and taught law and public health. Mr. Perez currently serves as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.


The Civil Rights Division enforces legal protections of critical importance to women, including Title VII, which prohibits sex discrimination in employment; Title IX, which protects women against sex-based discrimination in educational programs; and the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which allows women to safely exercise their constitutional right to reproductive health. In addition, the Civil Rights Division is responsible for prosecuting hate crimes and human trafficking crimes. 


Mr. PerezÂ’s nomination comes at a critical time. Much work needs to be done to address pay discrimination, educational opportunities, violence against health care providers, and a host of other urgent matters.    


“It is time for a Civil Rights Division that is fully committed to enforcing the civil rights protections upon which the citizens of this nation rely,” Greenberger said.  Â“Mr. Perez is the right person to restore the departmentÂ’s historic role as guardian of civil rights and to make the enforcement of womenÂ’s rights and legal protections a priority once again.” 


To interview Marcia D. Greenberger, or for more information, contact Karen Schneider at kschneider@nwlc.org or at 202-588-5180.


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