Vanita Gupta is one of the most respected civil rights lawyers in America and a “proud daughter” of immigrants from India who have fought for greater equity, US President-elect Joe Biden has said as he nominated the Indian-American to be his Associate Attorney General.

If confirmed by the Senate, Gupta, 46, would be the first woman of colour to serve in this role. “As Associate Attorney General, the number three job at the department, I nominate Vanita Gupta. One of the most respected civil rights lawyers in America,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware as he announced some of the key nominations in the Justice Department on Thursday.

– PTI