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DOJ Official Testifies Before Senate Committee on Olmstead

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DOJ Official Testifies Before Senate Committee on Olmstead

June 28, 2012

On June 21, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about successes and challenges the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has faced in implementing the ruling nearly 13 years ago.

In Olmstead v. L.C,, the Supreme Court recognized that the civil rights of individuals with disabilities are violated when they are segregated from society and held that the government must provide these persons the opportunity to live and work in the most integrated way possible. Perez discussed several cases DOJ has been involved in regarding state-run institutions and privately owned segregated settings. He also discussed statements of interest filed by DOJ on behalf of plaintiffs in private lawsuits, DOJ-sponsored resources and interagency collaboration.

Perez' testimony is available here.