New York, NY, April 21, 2015—After a long impasse, the Senate has finally reached a deal today on the disputed language in the anti-trafficking bill. The way is finally clear for the Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General—after a longer delay than any other nominee since the 1980s. The Senate’s failure to confirm Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General because of partisan disagreement over an important bill on human trafficking is a sad irony. “Loretta Lynch has been a top leader in the fight against human trafficking during her tenure as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York,“ said Carol Robles-Roman, President and CEO of Legal Momentum. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Robles-Roman added, “Her office, the eastern district, has really distinguished itself in the cases that they have brought, and the fearlessness that they have shown in prosecuting these cases. It is a fearlessness that we need in our attorney general.” In fact, her office has the most active anti-trafficking record in the country. According to The Guardian, the eastern district of New York has delivered more than 55 indictments in human trafficking cases and rescued more than 110 victims, including at least 20 minors, in the past 10 years. In March, Legal Momentum delivered a letter to key Senators that was signed by a dozen other organizations urging confirmation of Ms. Lynch.
Legal Momentum continues to urge the U.S. Senate to take up Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote. We once again ask our followers—and all supporters of gender equality— to contact their senators and urge them to vote to confirm Ms. Lynch as quickly as possible.
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