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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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Civil Rights Division News
Former Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced to 92 Years in Prison for Civil Rights, Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Violations
Monday, November 10, 2014
(Press Release)
Former Officer Stole Victim's Debit Card and Other Items after Responding to Car Accident
Former Stone County Arkansas Deputy and Two Former Inmates at the Stone County Jail Indicted for Violating Inmate's Civil Rights
Friday, November 7, 2014
(Press Release)
Former Stone County Arkansas Deputy and jail administrator, Randel Branscum, and two former inmates at the Stone County Jail, Matthew McConniel and James Beckham, have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to violate the rights of inmates at the jail and deprivation of rights under color of law.

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Departments of Justice and Education Issue School Discipline Guidance to Promote Safe and Inclusive Schools
The Departments of Justice and Education release joint civil rights guidance to schools on how to meet their obligations under federal civil rights law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
"Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era: Challenges and Opportunities Ten Years Later"
Read the report on the Civil Rights Division's Post-9/11 Civil Rights Summit.
Proposals to Strengthen Laws That Protect the Rights of Servicemembers and Other Civil Rights Laws
Read the Department's proposed legislative amendments to strengthen laws that protect the rights of servicemembers and other civil rights laws. Click here for a one-page fact sheet.
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Vanita Gupta
Acting Assistant Attorney General
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Civil Rights Division
(202) 514-4609
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