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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 Applauds Settlement to Improve Juvenile Right to Counsel in Georgia
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
(Press Release)
The Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, signed a consent decree today in N.P. et al. v. State of Georgia, et al., a class action suit asserting that the public defense system in the Cordele Judicial Circuit is so underfunded and poorly staffed that indigent adults and juveniles accused of committing criminal acts are routinely denied their right to legal representation.
Justice Department Sues Fort Worth, Texas, for Disability Discrimination
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
(Press Release)
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the city of Fort Worth, Texas, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Madison County, New York, to Make Government Documents Accessible
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
(Press Release)
The Department of Justice announced an agreement with Madison County, New York, to remedy accessibility issues that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Departments of Justice and Education Issue Guidance to Ensure Equal Opportunities for English Learner Students
Justice Department Releases Public Guidance on Protecting Civil Rights While Responding to the Ebola Virus
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
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