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(Washington, DC) – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights on Tuesday named Maya D. Wiley, a longtime civil rights attorney and activist, as its new president and CEO. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

“Maya Wiley has the vision, skills, and relationships to lead the nation’s premier civil rights coalition during a challenging time for the civil rights movement and our nation. Her thought leadership and ability to translate ideas into action are exactly what we need in these times. The Leadership Conference has chosen someone who has a demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of justice and equality. We applaud her selection and look forward to working with her to create a more just nation.”  



About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law— The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes.  For more information, please visit