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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
Huntsville, Alabama, Police Officer Convicted of Excessive Use of Force and Obstruction of Justice
Friday, July 31, 2015
(Press Release)
A federal jury in Huntsville, Alabama, convicted Huntsville Police Department Officer Brett Russell of deprivation of rights under color of law for assaulting and injuring G.H., a detainee, as well as obstruction of justice for filing a false police report regarding this incident.
Justice Department Releases Findings of Constitutional Violations in Juvenile Delinquency Matters by St. Louis County Family Court
Friday, July 31, 2015
(Press Release)
Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department announced its findings regarding the Family Court of the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit of the state of Missouri, commonly known as the St. Louis County Family Court.
Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination in Housing by the City of Petal, Mississippi
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
(Press Release)
The Justice Department announced an agreement to resolve allegations of discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities who sought to live in supported housing in one of the city's residential neighborhoods.

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Justice Department Announces Findings of Two Civil Rights Investigations in Ferguson, Missouri (3/4/15)
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Justice Department Statement on Federal Court Ruling Against Texas Voter Identification Law (10/9/14)
Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reach Groundbreaking Settlement to Resolve Allegations of Auto Lending Discrimination by Honda (July 14, 2015)
Attorney General Holder, Secretary Duncan, Announce Guidance Package on Providing Quality Education Services to America's Confined Youth (12/8/14)
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