Vanita Gupta, an Indian-American attorney was appointed as temporary head of Department of Justice’s civil rights division (DoJ). The appointment was announced by the Department of Justice (DoJ) on 15 October 2014.
She took the charge of the office, as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General at the DoJ from 20 October 2014. She replaced Molly Moran, who was appointed as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General of DoJ.
She was nominated by the US President Barack Obama for the post in Department of Justice’s civil rights division. Before the appointment she was serving as the Deputy Legal Director at the American Civil Liberties Union.
About Vanita Gupta
• Vanita Gupta (39) was born in the Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Yale and New York University Law School.
• In 2003, she started her career at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), where she won a challenge to reverse the convictions of a group of black men who were wrongfully convicted of selling drugs in Texas.
• While serving at the American Civil Liberties Union, Gupta fought to improve the conditions of children and their families of immigration detention in 2007.
Where: The US
What: 15 October 2014