Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice released reports regarding accomplishments in various areas of the department. On Monday, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division released its accomplishments report for 2013. This report follows and adds to data that was collected and released by the division last year which highlighted key moves under Holder’s leadership.
The division has been in existence for 57 years now, and the report shows that the Justice Department placed serious focus on the challenges that are faced today. With this new release, the division boasts new records regarding cases and the establishment of new agreements. As is the division’s main focus, the fight for equal rights and restoring balance to the civil and constitutional rights of Americans remain the core mission.
From the DOJ’s press release Monday:
Last year, the Civil Rights Division worked to safeguard the most fundamental rights of American democracy, to extend the promise of equality and opportunity, and to advance the cause of justice that has defined this country since its earliest days,” said Attorney General Holder. “I commend the dedicated men and women of the Civil Rights Division for their leadership on these critical efforts. Their work is exemplary and in many cases groundbreaking. It goes to the heart of who we are as a nation and as a people. And that’s why it continues to be a top priority for this Department of Justice: because we are, and will always be, firmly committed to overcoming persistent threats as well as new challenges in order to ensure equal justice under law.
Over the course of 2013, the Civil Rights Division continued the impressive track record it initiated during the first four years of Attorney General Holder’s leadership,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels for the Civil Rights Division. “But for all that the division has accomplished, much work remains. The division remains committed to meeting the next generation of civil rights challenges and to combating discrimination in all its forms. We look forward to an even more productive 2014.”