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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 Announces $1.5 Million Paid to Victims of Discrimination by Quiktrip Corporation
Thursday, July 31, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department announced the payment of more than $1.5 million in damages under a consent decree previously reached with QuikTrip Corporation.
Louisiana State Bond Commission Agrees to Settlement to Resolve Housing Discrimination Lawsuit
Thursday, July 31, 2014
(Press Release)
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has approved its settlement with the Louisiana State Bond Commission resolving the department's housing discrimination lawsuit.
Attorney General Holder Announces Justice Department Filings in Voting Rights Cases in Wisconsin and Ohio
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
(Press Release)
Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department has submitted filings in voting rights cases in Wisconsin and Ohio.

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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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Jocelyn Samuels
Acting Assistant Attorney General
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Civil Rights Division
(202) 514-4609
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