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.
The United States Department of Justice and the City of Cleveland have entered into a court enforceable agreement to address the department's findings that the Cleveland Division of Police engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
The United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana approved a comprehensive consent order filed by the Justice Department, the Avoyelles Parish School Board, and private plaintiffs in United States v. Avoyelles Parish School Board.
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.