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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 Settles Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Against California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
(Press Release)
The Department of Justice has entered into a settlement agreement that, if approved by the court, will resolve allegations that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation discriminated against an employee because of his sex.
Alabama Man Sentenced for Attempting to Hire Ku Klux Klan to Kill Neighbor
Monday, April 14, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department announced that a Talladega County, Ala., man was sentenced in federal court for attempting to hire members of the Ku Klux Klan to murder an African-American neighbor.
Utah Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Threatening Interracial Family
Monday, April 14, 2014
(Press Release)
Robert Keller was charged with interfering with the housing rights of three members of an interracial family because of the family members' races and because the family members were living in Hurricane, Utah.

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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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