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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 and Huntsville City Schools Announce Proposed Consent Decree to Provide Equal Educational Opportunities
Monday, January 26, 2015
(Press Release)
The Department of Justice has filed a proposed consent order in Hereford v. Huntsville Board of Education to resolve issues related to school attendance zones, black students' access to quality academic offerings and student discipline, among other areas.
Police Officer in Fulton, New York, Sentenced for Assaulting a Man in His Custody
Friday, January 23, 2015
(Press Release)
Joseph Arigo was sentenced in federal court to 15 months in prison and three years probation for beating a handcuffed man inside the Fulton police station.
Two Mexican Nationals Sentenced for Sex Trafficking Offenses
Thursday, January 22, 2015
(Press Release)
The Department of Justice announced that Judge Amy Totenberg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia sentenced two defendants for their roles in compelling three young women to prostitute in the Atlanta, Georgia., area.

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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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