Civil Rights Division

Civil Rights Division

About the Division

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.

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Justice Department Announces Findings of Two Civil Rights Investigations in Ferguson, Missouri (3/4/15)
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Report on Shooting of Michael Brown
Report on Ferguson Police Department

Departments of Justice and Education Issue Guidance to Ensure Equal Opportunities for English Learner Students (1/7/15)
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Additional Information

Justice Department Files Brief to Address Health Care for Prisoners Suffering from Gender Dysphoria (4/3/15)
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Read the Statement of Interest

Justice Department Statement on Federal Court Ruling Against Texas Voter Identification Law (10/9/14)
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Read the District Court's Opinion
Read the Department's Complaint

Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reach Groundbreaking Settlement to Resolve Allegations of Auto Lending Discrimination by Honda (7/14/15)


Attorney General Holder, Secretary Duncan, Announce Guidance Package on Providing Quality Education Services to America's Confined Youth (12/8/14)
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Go to the Guidance Package

General Information - Civil Rights Division
Vanita Gupta
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
(202) 514-4609
Telephone Device for the Deaf (TTY) (202) 514-0716
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