Civil Rights and Women’s Issues

I have the great honor of representing a district that embodies Chicago’s diversity. We are a community of immigrants, where families from around the world have settled to call home.

As Congressman, I am determined to make a safe, equitable environment available to all, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, or immigration status.

More on Civil Rights and Women’s Issues

April 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC.-- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted today in support of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that seeks to address gender wage discrimination.  Congressman García issued the following statement:

“Equal pay for equal work is a basic principle for any fair society, but our country has never lived up to it. Today I voted for the Paycheck Fairness Act to change that and ensure pay equity for women in the workforce.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week commemorates the 5-year anniversary of the assassination of Honduran environmental and indigenous rights leader, Berta Cáceres. Five years later, the fight for human rights in Honduras wages on, and the United States must drastically change its role in that fight.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act in the House of Representatives:

“I voted to pass the Equality Act because regardless of who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the freedom to live without fear of discrimination and harassment. It's time we live up to our values and ensure all people have equal rights under the law.

November 12, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement regarding the passing of Chicago education activist and public servant María B. Cerda: 

October 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC— Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this morning in support of H.Res. 1153, a congressional resolution condemning unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals without their full informed consent. This resolution addresses whistleblower allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on women detained at the privately-run Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the indictment of only one of the three police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death:

“This verdict does not serve justice to Breonna Taylor, her family, or our community. It’s a slap on the wrist for one police officer—and a slap in the face for Black and Brown communities across the country.

July 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Today the House advanced a plan from Reps. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX) to curtail the ability of federal law enforcement officers to intervene in constitutionally protected protests across the country.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Representative Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement following reports that President Trump plans to deploy federal agents in Chicago:

June 15, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected characteristics under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination in employment. The case is Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. Congressman Jesús “Chuy García” (IL04) released the following statement after the announcement: