NAACP congratulates Loretta Lynch on being confirmed U.S. Attorney General

BALTIMORE, MD — The NAACP has congratulated Loretta Lynch on her confirmation as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General. Lynch makes history as the first African American woman to hold the highest federal law enforcement position in the country.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP president and CEO: “We applaud the U.S. Senate for the historic confirmation of Loretta Lynch. She will serve as a relentless defender of the rights of all Americans. She will lead in situating the U.S. Department of Justice as our country’s enforcer of our civil rights.

As an attorney with extraordinary depth, breath and length of service, in both the public and private sector, Ms. Lynch has successfully managed some of the most complex, diverse, and important cases in our country earning the trust and respect of those she serves.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, sr. vice president for policy and advocacy, Washington Bureau director: “The confirmation of Loretta Lynch by the U.S. Senate is a victory for equal justice and our nation. Her distinguished track record with the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York demonstrates her extraordinary legal intelligence, courage and commitment to our justice system, as well as her fearless work to stop crime and violence.

Ms. Lynch has earned praise for her work fighting sex trafficking, police brutality, terrorism, and religious and racial hate crimes. In fact, throughout her 30-year career, she has distinguished herself as a tough, fair, and independent lawyer who has twice headed one of the most prominent U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country.”

This information was provided by the National NAACP.