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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
Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against SK Food Group Inc.
Monday, April 21, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department reached an agreement with SK Food Group Inc. resolving claims that the company used discriminatory document practices when verifying the work authority of non-citizens.
Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Potter Concrete
Thursday, April 17, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department reached an agreement with Potter Concrete resolving claims that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of document abuse in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Former New Mexico Detective Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Police Department Intern
Thursday, April 17, 2014
(Press Release)
Michael Garcia pleaded guilty in federal court to a one count information charging Garcia with violating the civil rights of an LCPD student intern when he sexually abused her while on duty.

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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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Jocelyn Samuels
Acting Assistant Attorney General
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