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Civil Rights

The aggressive enforcement of federal civil rights laws is a top priority of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and one of the U.S. Attorney’s Office foremost goals for this District. The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes and litigates cases involving numerous criminal and civil statutes. To view a list of those statutes visit this link.

In May 2010, to coordinate the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in enforcing federal civil rights laws, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz formed the Civil Rights Enforcement Team (CRET) which is composed of Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) and support staff from the criminal and civil divisions of this office. The primary goal of the CRET is to develop a comprehensive enforcement and outreach strategy to address civil rights issues that arise in the District of Massachusetts.


Please call the main number of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and ask to speak to the duty attorney. Alternatively, please visit the following links for more information:

Employment Discrimination

Housing Discrimination

Hate Crime

Color of Law Abuse

Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances

Human Trafficking

Updated February 12, 2015