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The Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual's civil rights.

Our cases often involve incidents that are invariably of intense public interest. While some violations may most appropriately be pursued by the federal Government, others can be addressed by either the federal Government or by state or local prosecutors. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that acts constituting federal criminal civil rights violations are sufficiently remedied, whether prosecuted federally or by local authorities.

If you wish to provide information or comment concerning the federal investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin or related to the Sanford (Florida) Police Department, you can send a message to: Sanford.Florida@usdoj.gov.

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Criminal Section News
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced Tieu Tran to serve one year and one day in prison followed by 1 year supervised probation upon release.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Shelbie Brooke Richards and Sarah Adelia Graves pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Jackson to federal hate crime charges.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Bryan Robert Benson was sentenced in federal court to five years in prison and 3 years of supervised release for violating the civil rights of a woman.

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The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

Cold Case Initiative
In 2006, the FBI began its “Cold Case Initiative” — a comprehensive effort to identify and investigate racially-motivated murders committed decades ago. Pursuant to that Initiative and the passage of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act (“Emmett Till Act”), signed into law on October 8, 2008, the Department and the FBI are working together to address “violations of criminal civil rights statutes . .”


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Leadership
Robert Moossy
Chief
Contact

(202) 514-3204
FAX - (202) 514-8336
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