Posted by Omar Baddar on October 11, 2018 in Blog

Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Eric Dreiband as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Eric Dreiband as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice:

"Along straight party lines, the Senate voted today to confirm Eric Dreiband as the head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice by a narrow margin of 50 to 47. The Civil Rights Division was founded through the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 in order to uphold civil and constitutional rights and protections for all Americans. Some of the most pressing civil rights concerns today, including educational equality, continued profiling, hate crimes, voting rights, and police reform are areas in which Mr. Dreiband is largely inexperienced. As an organization devoted to the advancement of civil rights, the Assistant AG for Civil Rights is an appointee we regularly engage. Our concern is that there is little in Mr. Dreiband’s professional track record that demonstrates clear alignment with the objectives of the Civil Rights Division which he will now lead.

As Mr. Dreiband assumes his duties under President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, we will continue to demand equal protection for those most impacted by the current policies of the Trump Administration and hold accountable the Civil Rights Division tasked with defending those rights and enforcing our civil rights laws.” 

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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent. AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit aaiusa.org.

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