Via CNS News:
The head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division says the “next generation” of civil rights challenges includes addressing racial disparities in school discipline; defending the rights of LGBT Americans; combating discrimination in housing and in lending; protecting women from sexual assault and harassment; ensuring the fair treatment of youth in the juvenile justice system; and defending the right to vote in the 21st Century.
“In recent months, the Civil Rights Division has reached landmark consent decrees involving each of these issues,” Jocelyn Samuels, the acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, told a civil rights symposium in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Not only will those agreements provide remedies for the individuals involved — they also will “serve as models for institutions across the country that are looking to voluntarily improve their own non-discrimination policies and practices.”
Samuels said the country has come “a long way” over the past 50 years, but the “robust caseload” at DOJ’s Civil Rights Division “is a stark reminder that too many in our nation continue to face barriers to equal opportunity.”