Lenders must continue to be held accountable for discriminatory practices


Contacts: Charmaine Riley, The Leadership Conference, [email protected], 202,548,7166;
Izzy Woodruff, National Fair Housing Alliance, [email protected], 202.898.1661

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, Acting President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Lisa Rice, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, released the following joint statement after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its Combatting Redlining Initiative, and the DOJ, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action Against Trustmark National Bank’s deliberate discrimination against black and Hispanic families:

“We welcome the renewed vigor and interest of the Department of Justice in addressing lending discrimination as part of the Combatting Redlining Initiative. Discrimination has no place in our society, in financial services or anywhere else. We also commend the DOJ, OCC and CFPB for taking another important step to end the legacy of redlining of black and Hispanic communities by continuing to vigorously enforce action. No one should be denied banking services or other economic opportunities because of their race, national origin, or other factors that hinder their civil rights. Accountability must continue to rectify and prevent predatory and discriminatory housing and lending practices. We urge the court to accept the consent decree and take immediate action. “

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition tasked by its various members with more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. The Leadership Conference works for an America that lives up to its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is the country’s only national civil rights organization dedicated solely to eliminating all forms of discrimination in housing and lending and ensuring equal opportunities for all. As the professional association of more than 200 fair and justice-focused housing organizations across the United States and its territories, the NFHA strives to dismantle long-standing barriers to fairness and build communities. diverse, inclusive and well-endowed. Learn more about nationalfairhousing.org.



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