Civil Rights and Liberties
Protecting the civil rights and liberties of all individuals is one of the most important responsibilities for Members of Congress, and one that I take seriously. While some are working to turn back the clock and undo much of the progress our country has seen in the past sixty years, I will continue to work diligently against all forms of discrimination whether in the voting booth, workplace, school, or in public accommodations. We must continue to protect the right to vote, ensure that women are able to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions, work towards closing the gender-pay gap, and limit the use of surveillance into the private lives of the American people.
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TUCSON— Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General released a new report condemning medical conditions at La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ. The report found that the facility, operated by private-prison company CoreCivic, failed to implement and enforce basic guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide detainees with adequate medical care. In response, Rep. Raúl M.
Washington D.C. – Last Friday, in a previously unannounced move, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bipartisan resolution with Rep. Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI), Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI), Rep. Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam), Rep. Jenniffer González-Colon (R-P.R.), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.) and Rep.
Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) reintroduced their landmark Environmental Justice for All Act today, supported by a wide array of grassroots groups and environmental advocates from across the country.
WASHINGTON— Today the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. The House passed an identical reauthorization in 2019 that was never brought up for a vote in Mitch McConnell’s Republican-controlled Senate. Since its passage in 1994, VAWA has provided critical resources to prevent domestic violence and protect women and children from its consequences while ensuring that survivors can access essential services.
WASHINGTON—Today the House of Representatives passed H.J.Res. 17, which will remove the arbitrary time limit previously imposed by Congress for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. When Congress passed the ERA in 1972, it set an arbitrary deadline of seven years for state legislatures to ratify the amendment. Thirty-five states ratified the ERA, three short of the requisite 38. Since the deadline passed, Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia ratified the ERA, providing the appropriate number of states to include it in the Constitution.
Today, the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Named after George Floyd, who was murdered in police custody last May, the comprehensive bill will work toward ending religious and racial profiling, bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants, and limits the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement. Additionally, the bill ends qualified immunity and implements more mechanisms for communities to hold police officers accountable for wrongdoing.
TUCSON— Today the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released the second part of their investigation entitled: PREGNANT WOMEN IN DOJ CUSTODY U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Prisons Should Better Align Policies with National Guidelines. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report in November 2017 to address the treatment of pregnant women in prisons and detention facilities in November of 2017.
WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva reintroduced the Justice is Not for Sale Act. The bill would prohibit federal, state, and local governments from contracting with private prison companies and end immigrant family detention.
WASHINGTON— Today, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to end the Department of Justice’s reliance on private for-profit prisons. Currently, millions of individuals are trapped in the criminal justice system, and for-profit prisons play a major role in driving the mass incarceration crisis.
WASHINGTON— Today, President Joe Biden rescinded Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement: