Kristen Clarke Confirmed as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights

Written by Donna M. Owens
Published on 27th May 2021

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images

 Kristen Clarke has become the first Black woman to hold the position of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice. Clarke is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants from Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s Law school. Previously, Clarke was the head of the Civil Rights Bureau for the New York State Attorney General’s Office and before that, she worked as a trial attorney at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

 On Tuesday 25th May, Clarke was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris after confirmation by the Senate. The Senate voted 51-48. Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, stated that “Ms. Clarke was treated by the minority on the Judiciary Committee like some hair-raising radical, despite her record, her qualifications.”

“She has prosecuted hate crimes. She has defended people’s voting rights. She has fought against religious discrimination – She has dedicated her career to the cause of equal justice under law.” – Senator Cory Booker

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