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Kristen Clarke first black woman to helm DOJ civil rights division

Kristen Clarke first black woman to helm DOJ civil rights division

Washington, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The Senate on Tuesday narrowly confirmed Kristen Clarke to be the Department of Justice (DOJ) civil rights chief, making her the first Black woman to fill the high-profile role, according to The Hill that detailed on Senate´s 51-48 vote to confirm Clarke.
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The Senate largely voted along party lines, approving her nomination. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to join all Democrats and Independents in voting to confirm Clarke.

Senate Republicans have been fiercely critical of Clarke and said previous statements she’s made on issues such as voting rights, religious liberty and policing make them question whether she can be a nonpartisan enforcer of civil rights.

DOJ´s Civil Rights Division is currently in charge of investigating police abuses and enforcing voting right laws and federal statutes banning discrimination based on race, sex, religion and other factors.

Clarke has already pointed out that she did not support proposals to subtract funding from the police and advocated seeking strategies to ensure that law enforcement agencies can perform their work more safely and effectively.


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