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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 Reaches Agreement with Orange County Clerk of Courts in Florida to Ensure Equal Access to Court Records for Blind Individuals
Thursday, July 17, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department reached a settlement with the Orange County Clerk of Courts in Florida to remedy violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Justice Department Releases Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department has released a Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors.
Utah Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Religiously-Motivated Attack on Synagogue and Gun Charges
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
(Press Release)
Macon Openshaw was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison for a bias-motivated attack at a local synagogue and for two unlawful gun possession charges.

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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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(202) 514-4609
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