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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 and City of St. Anthony Village Resolve Lawsuit Over Denial of Permit for Islamic Center
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
(Press Release)
City of St. Anthony Village Agrees to Allow Abu Huraira Islamic Center a Permit to Worship in St. Anthony Business Center
Mankato, Minnesota, Woman Sentenced in Forced Labor Case
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
(Press Release)
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced Tieu Tran to serve one year and one day in prison followed by 1 year supervised probation upon release.
The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division Issues Non-Discrimination Principles to Guide Federal, State and Local Governments' Response to the Ebola Virus
Monday, December 15, 2014
(Press Release)
The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division issued non-discrimination principles to guide federal, state and local governments' response to the Ebola virus.

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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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