Civil Rights Groups

March against police shootings and racism in Washington, D.C.

Protesters march against police shootings and perceived racial profiling by law enforcement during a rally in Washington, DC.  Tensions across the country were heightened following the widely reported deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

The United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service has a long history of working with, and alongside, civil rights groups across the nation.  CRS assists civil and human rights organizations by:

  • Connecting conflict stakeholders with civil rights organizations, and establishing working relationships with elected officials, decision-makers, agency heads, policy developers, law enforcement, and other organizations to ensure the voice of the group's members is heard;
  • Organizing and facilitating meetings with community members whose interesets are related to those of the civil rights organization; and
  • Helping the civil rights group and other stakeholders develop action plans and assisting in drafting agreements that detail mutually acceptable steps to achieving short- and long-term goals.

Below are some examples of CRS's work with civil rights groups in community conflicts.  Further case studies can be found in the CRS Annual Reports, located on the CRS Resource Center website page.

Case Highlights

Updated November 12, 2015