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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
Six Former Puerto Rico Police Officers Plead Guilty to Federal Civil Rights, Obstruction of Justice and Perjury Charges
Monday, August 25, 2014
(Press Release)
Three Puerto Rico police officers pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges in connection with the fatal beating of 19-year-old Jose Luis Irizarry Perez.
Massillon, Ohio Landlords Agree to $850,000 Settlement to Resolve Housing Discrimination Lawsuits
Monday, August 25, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department announced that Massillon, Ohio landlords John and Mary Ruth have agreed to pay $850,000 to settle lawsuits filed by the Justice Department and other parties alleging that the Ruths discriminated on the basis of race and familial status at properties they formerly owned in Massillon.
Justice Department Announces Successful Resolution of Consent Judgment Involving Detroit Police Department
Monday, August 25, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department announced the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan's termination of the consent judgment relating to the Detroit Police Department's use of force and arrest and witness detention practices.

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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
Acting Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
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