AG Holder Urges Young People to Pursue Justice Department Careers

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File photo of United States Attorney General Eric Holder. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

File photo of United States Attorney General Eric Holder. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech on diversity and inclusion, and urged young people to “consider careers here at the United States Department of Justice,” according to CNSNews.com.

Holder urged all young people, including those with diverse backgrounds, to consider the Justice Department.

“Now, statistics show that in recent years, women and people of color have made up a greater percentage of both licensed lawyers and law students,” Holder said in his speech. “Progress remains too often slow, and the law continues to lag behind many other fields. So we need to ensure that the coming decades witness an uptick in the numbers of women, people with disabilities, people of color, and new immigrants finding productive avenues into this profession and others across the American workforce.”

Holder wanted to remind the audience that just because he and President Obama are black men with powerful positions, that a struggle still continues.

“Now, I know it may be tempting – it may be tempting for some, when they look at the accomplished professionals in this room or the lawyer who works in the Oval Office of consider the fact that I have the privilege of serving as the attorney general of the United States, to feel that this country’s long struggle to overcome disparity and discrimination has ended,” Holder went on to say. “The reality is that, as you all know, and as many of you see in your work each day, this great country still has a great way to go before our founding promise of equal opportunity is fully realized, and progress will require not just open and honest dialogue, hut a willingness to confront these difficult issues through principles action to address and to remediate the lingering impacts of racial discrimination.”

Holder brought up his own efforts to help foster diversity at the Justice Department.

“Together, we have developed initiatives like the Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue Program, a six-month pilot program under which five DOJ components will convene discussions related to diversity in our workforce,” Holder pointed out in his speech. “They will address topics like self-identity and privilege, gender and generational difference, race, and sexual orientation.”

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