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.
More on civil rights and liberties
March 3, 2021 Press Release
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.
After Release of Long-Awaited GAO Report, Rep. Grijalva Condemns Lack of Data and Needed Care for Pregnant Women in DOJ Custody
February 24, 2021 Press Release
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.
Rep. Grijalva Reintroduces ‘Justice is Not for Sale’ Act to Ban Private Prisons and End Immigrant Family Detention
February 11, 2021 Press Release
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.
January 26, 2021 Press Release
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.
January 25, 2021 Press Release
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:
Rep. Grijalva Demands Investigation into Use of Force and Tear Gas Against Native Americans Peacefully Protesting Desecration of Their Sacred Sites
October 14, 2020 Press Release
September 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
Chair Grijalva: Administration Delays and Incompetence Cost Puerto Rican Lives, and Finally Approving Overdue Assistance is No Triumph
September 18, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today ahead of the administration’s expected 9:30 a.m. Eastern time press conference in Puerto Rico to announce the release of a formerly withheld round of disaster aid that four years of Trump administration abuse and neglect have caused preventable deaths in Puerto Rico, and today’s announcement will not erase Puerto Rican memories of how the president has treated the island and its people.
August 19, 2020 Press Release
TUCSON—Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva reintroduced the Justice is Not For Sale Act. The legislation seeks to defund the private prison industry by barring federal, state, and local governments from contracting with private entities to operate private prisons and detention centers.
July 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, President Donald Trump