In their letter, the Members wrote, “Despite continuing concerns from civil rights and community-based organizations, the Department has sharply curtailed its statutory role in identifying and eradicating civil rights abuses by law enforcement. Excessive force in police-civilian encounters presents a crisis of trust throughout our nation. Changes to Department policy and fail
Across the nation, child welfare agencies are in crisis due to a lack of resources and high numbers of children entering the foster care system, many of whom are in need of behavioral and mental health services largely attributable to traumatic childhood experiences. For decades, most federal child welfare funding became available to states only after children were removed from their families.
"Congratulations to South Africa on 25 years of democracy after the fall of the apartheid regime. But like any young democracy, the country has some challenges. The racial disparities and wealth divide are important issues that the country must confront. This election has the potential to invigorate the nation and set it back on a path of being a pillar of the continent.
“The ongoing crisis and violence taking place in Cameroon at this very moment is something that deserves the attention of the world. Both the government and armed groups must be held accountable for their role in the violation of fundamental human rights.
“A full and complete embargo along with high-level sanctions against the nation of Cuba would have disastrous economic consequences and plunge the state of our foreign policy into the time of the Cold War.
Providing formerly incarcerated individuals with the tools to effectively reintegrate into society is essential in preventing recidivism. One in three American adults currently has a criminal record. Unfortunately, over two-thirds of formerly-incarcerated people are rearrested within three years.