Eric Drieband, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division

Eric Drieband

Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division

Eric Stefan Drieband was born in September 1963 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Princeton University, then earned a Master of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School. He received his Juris Doctor from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He clerked at the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

He joined the Independent Counsel’s office for the Whitewater controversy, then entered into private practice. He served as the deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division for two years in the administration of President George W. Bush. For another two years, he was general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, then returned to private practice.

He was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. He was confirmed by the Senate and assumed his appointment in October 2018.

In the News…

The George Floyd case is a top priority at the Justice Department, the head of its Civil Rights Division said. The Department is deciding whether to proceed with federal charges against the police officer accused in the tragic incident that led to protests and riots across the nation.

Eric Drieband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice said that, like most Americans, he was horrified by the video. He will oversee whether federal civil rights charges will be filed in the case.

“I’ve watched the video of what happened and led to Mr. Floyd’s death,” Drieband said. “I will say the video is very disturbing and very troubling.”

President Trump wants the matter expedited and Drieband is working towards that end.  “The investigation is a high priority of ours,” he said. “We’re also working with state and local officials, but we will make an independent judgment about whether or not federal criminal charges or other action is warranted by the federal government.”

He added, “We’ve prosecuted many, many police officers, other law enforcement officials around the country, under that statute [known as “Color of Law”] and criminal cases and we will continue to do that.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Assistant Attorney General Drieband today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Eric Drieband
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530


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