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Justice Department Official Visit Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet School In Dallas

November 8, 2011

DALLAS — Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Thomas E. Perez, and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Sarah R. Saldaña, met with students and faculty at Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet School in Dallas this afternoon.

Their visit began with a briefing on the school’s mission by a selected student panel and was followed by a tour of the school. Next, at a general student assembly, the school’s principal, Anthony Palagonia, introduced U.S. Attorney Saldaña, who spoke briefly about the privilege she had of clerking for Judge Sanders. She then introduced Assistant Attorney General Perez, whose remarks were enthusiastically received by the students.

Mr. Perez, who has spent his entire career in public service, was sworn in on October 8, 2009, as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. That Division, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.

Since its establishment, the Division has grown dramatically in both size and scope, and has played a role in many of the nation's pivotal civil rights battles. The Division enforces a wide array of laws that protect the civil rights of all individuals.

To learn more about the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, visit




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