Meet Vanita Gupta, the woman tapped by President Obama to take over the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. From NBC News:

President Obama has appointed Vanita Gupta, the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, to become the interim head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

“Vanita has spent her entire career working to ensure that our nation lives up to its promise of equal justice for all,” said Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement announcing the appointment. “Even as she has done trailblazing work as a civil rights lawyer, Vanita is also known as a unifier and consensus builder.”

Gupta is expected to be nominated to become the permanent head of the division later this year. The 39-year-old lawyer was born in Philadelphia to Indian immigrant parents and later went on to Yale University and New York University’s Law School.

So, how will she be received? Well, by the looks of it:

More about her background from the HuffPost’s Ryan Reilly:

And here’s what she had to say about Ferguson, Mo.:



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