SOUTH ASIAN AMERICANS LEADING TOGETHER (SAALT) STATEMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF VANITA GUPTA TO HEAD
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION
WASHINGTON. D.C. (Oct. 15, 2014) — South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) applauds the appointment of Vanita Gupta to the position of Acting Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
Gupta will be the first South Asian American lawyer appointed to lead the Civil Rights Division, which enforces civil rights laws that prevent discrimination and inequitable practices in housing, education and employment contexts among others. President Obama is expected to nominate Gupta to serve as the permanent Assistant Attorney General of Civil Rights in the coming months.
“Vanita Gupta is the ideal choice to head the Civil Rights Division given her vast experience and stellar reputation in the civil rights community,” said Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of SAALT. “We look forward to working with her in the months and years ahead to address the range of civil rights issues that continue to face our nation.”
Gupta, who was most recently the Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has expertise on federal and state policing issues, immigration, and criminal justice reform. She started her legal career with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and has been active in supporting South Asian communities, including serving on SAALT’s Council of Advisors.