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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 Hamilton County, Tennessee, Deputy Sheriff Indicted for Sexual Assault While on Duty
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
(Press Release)
Former Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff Willie Greer was indicted by a federal grand jury in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty on Jan. 5, 2014.
Utah Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Threatening Interracial Family
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(Press Release)
The Department of Justice announced that Robert Keller pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah to a federal civil rights crime.
Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination Claim Against Major Airline
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department reached an agreement with United Continental Holdings Inc. resolving a claim that divisions of the company previously operating as Continental Airlines discriminated against individuals because of citizenship status in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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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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Molly J. Moran
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Civil Rights Division
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