WASHINGTON, D.C., Today’s groundbreaking launch of My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and My Brother’s Keeper Task Force is critical to providing equal access and opportunity for success for boys and young men of color. “The Lawyers’ Committee commends President Obama for following through on his commitment to take bold and necessary actions in addressing decades-long issues facing communities of color, and for taking an inter-agency approach in tackling disparities and challenges in education, employment, health and nutrition, and related issues, particularly affecting African American and Hispanic boys and young men,” said Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine, who was present at the White House during the announcement. “Creating pathways to success and fostering collaborative business and community relationships are indeed vital to this process.”?

The Lawyers’ Committee wishes that every single American could read the President’s stirring statement in support of this initiative. Ms. Arnwine added, “He is correct that ‘every adult can make a difference’ and that we all must feel ‘compelled to act.’” The Lawyers’ Committee looks forward to exploring avenues for the pro bono legal community to be supportive of this crucial initiative across a broad range of areas including criminal justice, educational reforms, employment opportunities, health and nutrition, and much more.

About the Lawyers’ Committee:?The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. We celebrated our 50thanniversary in 2013 and continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending; community development; employment; voting; education and environmental justice. For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.