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Rachael Rollins named vice-chair of U.S. Attorney General’s civil rights advisory committee

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Rachael Rollins, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, has been called to serve as the vice chairwoman of the Civil Rights Subcommittee for the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

“It is my sincere hope that we seize this moment in history to facilitate meaningful dialogue and action to combat the uptick in hate-based violence,” Rollins said in a statement. “Civil rights are at the forefront of so many of the issues dividing our nation today. … Our goal is to fulfill the promise of equality for everyone.”

Rollins will be serving with Chairman U.S. Attorney Nick Brown, of the Western District of Washington.

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“The Department of Justice came into being to protect civil rights, and I look forward to helping shape our focus,” Brown said in a statement. “There are a number of important issues for the Department to address, including the rise in hate crimes, ensuring voting rights, and developing strategies to ensure accountability and trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”

The full Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, or AGAC, was created in 1973 and serves as an advisory body to the U.S. Attorney General on policy, procedure and management of the state U.S. attorneys offices, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed 12 members to the advisory committee on March 30, which is chaired by U.S. Attorney Damien Williams, of the Southern District of New York.

Official portrait of Rachael Rollins, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. (Courtesy / U.S. Department of Justice)Official portrait of Rachael Rollins, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. (Courtesy / U.S. Department of Justice)

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