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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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Ohio Landlord Agrees to End Discriminatory Housing Practices
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department announced that a North Ridgeville, Ohio, landlord and his management company have entered into a consent decree and have agreed pay $30,000 to resolve claims that they discriminated on the basis of race.
Former Klansman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Cross Burning
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
(Press Release)
Timothy Flanagan pleaded guilty in federal court in Nashville, Tennessee, for his role in the April 30, 2012, cross burning in front of an interracial family's home in Minor Hill, Tennessee.
Department of Justice Enters into Five Agreements to Ensure Small Businesses Provide People with Disabilities Access to Neighborhood Goods and Services
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department announced five settlement agreements under the Americans with Disabilities Act to make businesses in upstate New York and Corpus Christi, Texas, accessible to people with disabilities.

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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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Molly J. Moran
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Civil Rights Division
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