MALDEF Statement on Mukasey’s Confirmation as Attorney General

MALDEF President and General Counsel John Trasviña issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s confirmation of Michael Mukasey as Attorney General by a 53-40 margin yesterday:   “Now that the United States Senate has confirmed Michael Mukasey to be the nation’s 81st Attorney General, the essential work of restoring the integrity and strength of the U.S. Department of Justice is of utmost importance. 

Most critical to that necessity is appointing an Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and a Director of the Community Relations Service who have expertise, credibility and leadership.   

“In the past few years, the Department has either been absent or on the wrong side of important civil rights issues of the day facing the nation’s 48 million Latinos. The Department must once again take its historic place at the forefront of civil rights enforcement and reducing community tensions.  In the current anti-immigrant environment, gains made against employment discrimination, educational inequality and exclusionary voting barriers are threatened in the absence of a prominent role for the Department of Justice.”  

Founded in 1968, MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino legal organization, promotes and protects the rights of Latinos through litigation, advocacy, community education and outreach, leadership development, and higher education scholarships. For more information on MALDEF, please visit:

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