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Civil Rights Enforcement

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, in coordination with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, is charged with enforcing federal civil rights laws throughout the District of New Jersey.

The Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office enforces federal civil statutes, such as the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act; laws that protect voting rights, veterans’ rights and religious freedom; and laws that prohibit patterns and practices of police misconduct.

The Criminal and Special Prosecutions Divisions of this office enforce laws pertaining to criminal civil rights matters including hate crimes, human trafficking and police brutality.  In both civil and criminal matters, the U.S. Attorney’s Office represents the United States of America, not any specific individual. 

To inform this office of a civil rights issue or complaint, click here.

To learn more about the right to a public education regardless of immigration status, click here.

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