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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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Former Puerto Rico Police Officer Sentenced for Making False Statements to FBI During Civil Rights Investigation
Friday, April 17, 2015
(Press Release)
Former Puerto Rico Police Officer Miguel Negron Vazquez was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison.
Federal Court Approves Justice Department Agreement to Protect the Rights of Military and Overseas Voters in Illinois
Thursday, April 16, 2015
(Press Release)
The Justice Department announced that the federal court in Chicago has approved an agreement between the department and Illinois officials to help ensure that military service members, their family members and U.S. citizens living overseas have an opportunity to participate fully in the upcoming special primary election and special election.
Justice Department Applauds Adoption of Police Department-Wide Tactical De-escalation Training Program in Seattle
Thursday, April 16, 2015
(Press Release)
U.S. District Judge James L. Robart approved a department-wide training program developed by the Seattle Police Department and endorsed by the Justice Department.

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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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Civil Rights Division
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