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As President-elect Trump undertakes the process of selecting his cabinet members and other high-ranking administration officials, it is imperative that nominees support the U.S. Constitution, embody American ideals of inclusion and respect for all individuals, uphold our democratic processes and institutions, and respect our nation’s human rights obligations. While each of the undersigned organizations has additional priorities and will respond to the incoming administration accordingly, we all believe that potential cabinet members and senior administration appointees should adhere to the following principles:

Adherence to the U.S. Constitution

Nominees for Senate-confirmed positions who support taking actions or enacting policies that are objectively unconstitutional, and especially provisions designed to undermine individual liberties and equal protection under the law, should be deemed unsuitable for those positions by the Senate. An example of such an action would be implementing a ban on people of a specific faith entering the country or advocating policies that violate the civil rights or liberties of any particular group of people.

Adherence to the Rule of Law and Human Rights Obligations

Nominees for Senate-confirmed positions who support taking actions or enacting policies that would violate U.S. laws or international conventions protecting human rights to which the United States is a signatory should be deemed unsuitable for those positions by the Senate. A willingness or desire to order the use of torture would fall into this category. The same standard for unsuitability would also apply to any nominee who has previously been involved in authorizing or implementing human rights or civil liberties violations. 

Alliance for Citizenship

Amnesty International USA

Brooklyn for Peace

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

Center for Victims of Torture

Church World Service

Human Rights First

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

National Council of Jewish Women

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

North Carolina Stop Torture Now

Peace Action

Peace Action Bay Ridge

Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Advocates for Human Rights

USC International Human Rights Clinic

UUSC: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Voices for Progress

Win Without War

Women's Action for New Directions