The Civil Division handles a wide variety of cases where the United States and/or its employees are plaintiffs or defendants. The Civil Division defends lawsuits filed against the United States, including tort, medical malpractice and employment discrimination claims, immigration litigation, and foreclosures and social security disability appeals. The Civil Division's Affirmative Civil Enforcement program pursues claims on behalf of the United States in cases involving health care fraud, environmental violations and defense contractor fraud.
The Chief of the Civil Division, John B. Hughes, has responsibility for the supervision of all Civil Division AUSAs and the operation of the Civil Division. The Civil Division has an Asset Forfeiture Unit, which is dedicated to recovering the proceeds of illegal activity, and a Financial Litigation Unit, which is responsible for collecting debts owed to the United States. The Financial Litigation Unit is headed by AUSA Christine Sciarrino.
Civil Rights Enforcement (CRE)
Our civil rights enforcement unit brings civil rights actions to enforce federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin and to recover damages for victims of civil rights violations. The majority of our civil rights cases are brought to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA). A significant portion of this work is also devoted to enforcing the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), as well as investigating allegations of color of law violations. Our civil rights unit also initiated a Veterans Task Force, which works with federal and state components to enforce the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994(USERRA), and the Military Lending Act of 2007 (MLA).