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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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Louisiana Motel Owner Pleads Guilty in Sex Trafficking Case
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
(Press Release)
Sex Trafficking Scheme Used Threats, Violence and Coercion to Compel Women into Prostitution in New Orleans and Elsewhere
Scotland County, North Carolina, Public Housing Agency and Two Former Employees to Pay Over $2.7 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
(Press Release)
Southeastern Community and Family Services Inc. and two of SCFS' former employees have agreed to pay more than $2.7 million in monetary damages and civil penalties to settle consolidated Fair Housing Act lawsuits brought by the Justice Department and private plaintiffs.

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Vanita Gupta
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
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