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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
Following Justice Department's Review, Hawaii State Court Commits to Equal Access for Non-English Speakers
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
(Press Release)
The Justice Department has closed its review of the Hawaii Judiciary's Language Access Program following the department's successful provision of technical assistance to the Hawaii Judiciary.
Greenbrier Village Settles Lawsuit Alleging Unlawful Discrimination Against Families with Children in Violation of Fair Housing Act
Friday, March 20, 2015
(Press Release)
The Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement between the United States, the Greenbrier Village Homeowner's Association Inc. (Greenbrier), Gassen Company Inc. (Gassen) and an individual Gassen employee to resolve a lawsuit filed on Nov. 25, 2013.
Four Former Georgia Correctional Officers Sentenced for Offenses Related to Assaults of Inmates and Ensuing Cover-Up
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
(Press Release)
Darren Douglass-Griffin, Kerry Bolden, Emmett McKenzie and Kadarius Thomas were sentenced for federal offenses related to the beating of MSP inmates in 2010 and the cover-up that followed.

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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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