The Special Litigation Section is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. We work to protect civil rights in the following areas: 1) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities; 2) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities, rather than in institutions; 3) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs' departments; 4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system; 5) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and 6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions. We can also act on behalf of people at risk of harm in these areas.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office have tentatively agreed to a settlement with the Suffolk County Police Department which calls for SCPD to implement new and enhanced policies and procedures to ensure nondiscrimination.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Justice Department has opened a pattern or practice investigation of the Family Court of St. Louis.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The Justice Department announced that, jointly with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, it is moving in the U.S. District Court for the appointment of Juan Mattos Jr. as Technical Compliance Advisor (TCA).
The Justice Department opened a pattern or practice investigation of the Family Court of St. Louis County, Missouri. The investigation focuses on whether the court fails to provide constitutionally required due process to all children appearing for delinquency proceedings, and whether the court's administration of juvenile justice provides equal protection rights to all children regardless of race. The Department welcomes feedback from the community. If you have comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email at Community.StLouis@usdoj.gov
or by phone at 855-228-2151.
The Justice Department discusses available remedies to address systemic 6th Amendment/Right to Counsel violations.
The Justice Department entered into a sweeping civil rights agreement
with the commonwealth of Puerto Rico to modernize and reform the Puerto Rico Police Department.
detailing the Department's findings that SCI-Cresson's use of long-term and extreme forms of solitary confinement on prisoners with serious mental illness, many of whom also have intellectual disabilities, violates their rights under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
On May 9, the Section announced findings
and a settlement
University of Montana's Office of Public Safety. On May 15, the Section announced findings
and a settlement
regarding the Missoula Police Department. Both matters involved allegations that OPS and MPD discriminate against women in their response to sexual assault. The Division's Educational Opportunities Section also announced findings and a settlement regarding the University's overall response to on-campus sexual assault, which can be found here
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit
against the City of Meridian, Miss.; Lauderdale County, Miss.; judges of the Lauderdale County Youth Court; and the state of Mississippi alleging that the defendants systematically violate the due process rights of juveniles. The Department welcomes feedback from the community. If you have comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us at Community.Meridian@usdoj.gov
On December 2, 2011, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas E. Perez sent identical letters to more than 150 local law enforcement agencies in Alabama, informing them of the Divisionís monitoring activities and reminding them of their obligations to engage in non-discriminatory policing. Read More