Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said that the Justice Department is “committed to using every tool in its arsenal” to combat anti-gay bullying.

Holder and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett addressed the issue during a conference at the University of Texas at Arlington aimed at promoting safe schools and communities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

“I'm proud to say this Department of Justice has never been more committed to this [issue],” Holder said.

“We have an obligation to protect young people who are targeted just because they are perceived as different,” he added.

Jarrett said President Barack Obama is “committed to keeping the spotlight on this issue,” and noted that the administration was working with states to help them implement anti-bullying policies.

“We recently released a report that documents key components of anti-bullying laws across all 50 states,” she said. “And we've issued guidance to governors and state school officials, in order to help them incorporate the best practices for protecting students.”

“Know that the president and the United States is in your corner, and we will be with you every step of the way,” she added.