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ATIXA: Catherine Lhamon Senator Support Template Letter

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ATIXA: Catherine Lhamon Senator Support Template

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[Insert Senator Name Here]

[Insert Senator Office Name Here]

[Insert Address Here]

Dear [Insert Senator Name Here]:

I write to express my support for Catherine Lhamon’s nomination to be Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education. [I’ve admired Ms. Llhamon’s dedication in her roles as the Chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights, as Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Newsom, and in her current role as the Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House with a focus on equity.

During her time leading the US Commission on Civil Rights, Ms. Lhamon took on the issue of fair wages for adults with disabilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As part of this work, she

recognized the importance of taking a bipartisan approach to this issue, and eschewed ideological dogmatism. The same was true of her first tenure with The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) from 2013-2017. Early on, she led efforts to ensure that victims of discrimination were well-protected, but her team at OCR also demonstrated that when circumstances indicated a need for Title IX to also be protective of the rights of respondents, including due process rights, Llhamon’s team was responsible for issuing the Wesley College Resolution. This seminal document was widely circulated to higher education in 2017 to signal that OCR enforced Title IX to ensure fairness to all, not just to victims.

In addition, her work at OCR increased transparency, by ensuring that enforcement actions were widely promoted and disseminated from the OCR website to schools in the field, when a key investigation finding was added to the online database. ATIXA expects a return to that consistent practice during the current administration.]

Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting the nomination of Catherine Lhamon to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Your constituents in [insert state] are interested in your choice on this nomination and hope we have your support..

Very truly yours,

Brett A. Sokolow, JD

Source:  September 14, 2021