Tom's Work On: Hate Crimes

Under Perez’s leadership, the Justice Department increased prosecution of criminal civil rights cases under hate crimes enforcement statutes; vigorously prosecuted human trafficking cases aided by partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners and NGOs.

The Civil Rights Division has continued to investigate systemic misconduct in police departments. It has various pattern or practice investigations underway nationwide and is doing more work in the area than at any time in the Civil Rights Division’s history.

Japanese American Citizens League Urges HELP Committee to Approve Perez

The Japane se American Citizens League sent a letter to the HELP Committee on the day of the Tom Perez hearing to urge its members to confirm Perez, stating “Tom Perez has demonstrated that he has the ability and experience to lead the U.S. Department of Labor in its mission to promote, protect, and grow the American middle-class, and to help all Americans obtain and retain decent jobs with a livable wage.”

Read it here.


82 Civil and Human Rights Groups Back Perez Nomination

A coalition of 82 national organizations representing the broad diversity of our country recently called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Tom Perez to be Labor Secretary.

In their joint letter to the Senate, the groups point to Perez’s leadership of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice as a key factor in their endorsement, stating that “Mr. Perez helped build consensus with stakeholders to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society….He has also been a tireless champion of voting rights, disability rights, equal educational equity, and has prosecuted some of the most heinous hate crimes in recent memory. ”

Read the letter here.

Human Rights Campaign Supports Perez

The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement praising Thomas Perez’s work to prevent hate crimes.

“The President made a strong choice for the next labor secretary by nominating Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.  “Perez has been a longtime advocate for LGBT equality.  As assistant attorney general, he has worked to protect the community from hate crimes and has testified before Congress on the importance of passing legislation protecting LGBT individuals from workplace discrimination.  We hope the senate moves forward in a bipartisan manner and without delay to confirm Perez as the next labor secretary.”

Read the full statement here.