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.
The Department of Justice has filed a proposed consent order in Hereford v. Huntsville Board of Education to resolve issues related to school attendance zones, black students' access to quality academic offerings and student discipline, among other areas.
The Department of Justice announced that Judge Amy Totenberg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia sentenced two defendants for their roles in compelling three young women to prostitute in the Atlanta, Georgia., area.
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.