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Agencies

Leadership Offices

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Office of Attorney General

This Office supervises and directs the administration and operation of the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Bureau of Prisons, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals Service.

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Office of the Deputy Attorney General

This Office advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing Departmental policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction to all organizational units of the Department.

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Office of the Associate Attorney General

This Office advises and assists the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in formulating and implementing Departmental policies and programs pertaining to a broad range of civil justice, federal and local law enforcement, and public safety matters.

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Office of the Solicitor General (OSG)

OSG's mission is to represent the interests of the United States before the Supreme Court and to oversee appellate and certain other litigation on behalf of the United States in the lower federal and state courts.

Litigating Offices

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Antitrust Division

The Division's mission is to promote competition in the U.S. economy through enforcement of, improvements to, and education about antitrust laws and principles.

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Civil Division

The Civil Division represents the United States in any civil or criminal matter within its scope of responsibility – protecting the United States Treasury, ensuring that the federal government speaks with one voice in its view of the law, preserving the intent of Congress, and advancing the credibility of the government before the courts.

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Civil Rights Division

The Division enforces the laws prohibiting discrimination in education, employment, credit, housing, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and certain federally funded and conducted programs.

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Criminal Division

The Criminal Division's mission is to serve the public interest through the enforcement of criminal statutes in a vigorous, fair, and effective manner; and to exercise general supervision over the enforcement of all federal criminal laws, with the exception of those statutes specifically assigned to the Antitrust, Civil Rights, Environment and Natural Resources, or Tax Divisions.

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Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD)

ENRD's mission is to enforce the Nation’s civil and criminal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and hazardous waste laws. ENRD's mission also involves the protection of the Nation’s natural resources and handling cases relating to tribal rights and resources.

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National Security Division (NSD)

NSD's mission is to protect the United States from threats to our national security by pursuing justice through the law.

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Tax Division

The Tax Division's mission is to enforce the nation's tax laws fully, fairly, and consistently, through both criminal and civil litigation, in order to promote voluntary compliance with the tax laws, maintain public confidence in the integrity of the tax system, and promote the sound development of the law.

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U.S. Attorneys' Offices

Charged with ensuring “that the laws be faithfully executed,” the 93 United States Attorneys (USAOs) work to enforce federal laws throughout the country. The President appoints a United States Attorney to each of the 94 federal districts.

Law Enforcement

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

ATF protects the public from crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson, and the diversion of alcohol and tobacco products; regulates lawful commerce in firearms and explosives; and provides worldwide support to law enforcement, public safety, and industry partners.

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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

DEA's mission is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the U.S. and bring to the criminal and civil justice system those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The FBI's mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. FBI priorities are:

  • Protect the U.S. from terrorist attack;
  • Protect the U.S. against foreign intelligence, espionage, and cyber operations;
  • Combat significant cyber criminal activity;
  • Combat public corruption at all levels;
  • Protect civil rights
  • Combat transnational criminal enterprises
  • Combat significant white-collar crime;
  • Combat significant violent crime.
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INTERPOL Washington

INTERPOL Washington's mission is to facilitate international law enforcement cooperation as the United States representative to INTERPOL on behalf of the Attorney General.

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U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)

The U.S. Marshals Service's mission is to enforce federal laws and provide support to virtually all elements of the federal justice system by providing for the security of federal court facilities and the safety of judges and other court personnel; apprehending criminals; exercising custody of federal prisoners and providing for their security and transportation to correctional facilities; executing federal court orders; seizing assets gained by illegal means and providing for the custody, management, and disposal of forfeited assets; assuring the safety of endangered government witnesses and their families; and collecting and disbursing funds.

Corrections

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Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

BOP protects public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and provide reentry programming to ensure their successful return to the community.

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National Institute of Corrections (NIC)

The National Institute of Corrections is a center of learning, innovation and leadership that shapes and advances effective correctional practice and public policy.

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Office of the Pardon Attorney (PARDON)

The Office assists the President in the exercise of executive clemency. Under the Constitution, the President's clemency power extends only to federal criminal offenses. All requests for executive clemency for federal offenses are directed to the Pardon Attorney for investigation and review. The Pardon Attorney prepares DOJ's recommendation to the President for final disposition of each application. Executive clemency may take several forms, including pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution, and reprieve.

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U.S. Parole Commission (USPC)

USPC's mission is to promote public safety and strive for justice and fairness in the exercise of its authority to release and revoke offenders under its jurisdiction.

Grants

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Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support state, local, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA works with communities, governments, and nonprofit organizations to reduce crime, recidivism, and unnecessary confinement, and promote a safe and fair criminal justice system.

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Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

BJS's mission is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to Federal, State, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.

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Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

The COPS Office is responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation's state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

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National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the Department of Justice. The Institute is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science.

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Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

OJP’s mission is to increase public safety and improve the fair administration of justice across America through innovative leadership and programs.

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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to youth delinquency and victimization. The Office helps states, localities, and Tribes develop effective and equitable juvenile justice systems that create safer communities and empower youth to lead productive lives.

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Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)

SMART's mission is to assist with implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and provide assistance to criminal justice professionals across the entire spectrum of sex offender management activities needed to ensure public safety.

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Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

OVW is responsible for coordination with other departments, agencies, and offices regarding all activities authorized or undertaken under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the Violence Against Women Act of 2000.

Media & Community Outreach

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Community Relations Service (CRS)

CRS serves as “America's Peacemaker” for the U.S. Department of Justice. CRS helps local communities address community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. CRS also helps communities develop strategies to prevent and respond to violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

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Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA)

OLA has responsibility for the development and implementation of strategies to advance the Department's legislative initiatives and other interests relating to Congress. OLA also articulates the Department's position on legislation proposed by Congress, facilitates the appearance of Department witnesses at congressional hearings, and manages the interagency clearance process led by OMB.

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Office of Public Affairs (OPA)

OPA's mission is to coordinate the relations of the Department of Justice with the news media and serve as the center for information about all organizational units of the Department.

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Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ)

The Office of Tribal Justice is the primary point of contact for the Department of Justice with federally recognized Native American tribes, and advises the Department on legal and policy matters pertaining to Native Americans.

Victim Services

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9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

VCF was created to provide compensation for any individual (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001 or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes.

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Foreign Claims Settlement Commission (FCSC)

FCSC's mission is to adjudicate claims against foreign governments for losses and injuries sustained by United States nationals, pursuant to programs authorized by statute or under international agreements.

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National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF)

NCDF works to improve and further the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of fraud related to natural and man-made disasters, and to advocate for the victims of such fraud.

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Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.

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Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (DOJ/OVT)

The Office supports U.S. victims of terrorism overseas by helping them navigate foreign criminal justice systems and by advocating for their voices to be heard around the world.

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U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (USVSST Fund)

The U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund provides compensation to certain U.S. persons who were injured in acts of international state-sponsored terrorism.

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U.S. Victims of Terrorism Abroad Task Force

The Task Force coordinates and enhances the U.S. government response when an act of international terrorism affects U.S. citizens overseas.

Management & Administration

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Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

Through CTAS, federally-recognized tribes and tribal consortia are able to submit a single application for most of the Justice Department’s tribal grant programs.

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Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

EOIR's primary mission is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation’s immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.

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Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA)

EOUSA provides executive and administrative support for the 93 United States Attorneys located throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Such support includes legal education, administrative oversight, technical support, and the creation of uniform policies, among other responsibilities.

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Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)

FARA requires persons working on behalf of foreign governments or other foreign principals (including Americans) to disclose their relationships to foreign principals and information about their activities.

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Justice Management Division (JMD)

JMD's mission is to provide advice to senior management officials relating to basic Department policy for budget and financial management, personnel management and training, procurement, equal employment opportunity, information processing, telecommunications, security, and all matters pertaining to organization, management, and administration.

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Office of Attorney Recruitment & Management (OARM)

The Department of Justice is the world's largest law office, employing more than 9,200 attorneys. OARM exercises delegated authority to take final action in matters pertaining to the employment, separation and general administration of Department attorneys and law students in grades GS-15 (or equivalent) and below: it recruits, appoints, and determines their suitability for employment. OARM is also the Department's adjudicative office in FBI Whistleblower cases.

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Office of Information Policy (OIP)

OIP is responsible for encouraging agency compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)

OLC's mission is to assist the Attorney General in carrying out his/her statutory responsibility of furnishing legal advice to the President and the heads of the executive and military departments, and to provide legal advice and assistance to other DOJ components upon request.

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Office of Legal Policy (OLP)

OLP's mission is to develop and implement the Department’s significant policy initiatives, handle special projects that implicate the interests of multiple Department components, coordinate with other interested Department components and other Executive Branch agencies, and serve as the primary policy advisor to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General; it also reviews and coordinates all regulations promulgated by the Department and all of its components, assists the Attorney General with responsibilities in recommending candidates for federal judgeships, and coordinates the judicial nomination and confirmation process with the White House and the Senate.

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Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL)

OPCL supports the duties and responsibilities of the Department’s Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer (CPCLO). The principle mission of OPCL is to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people by reviewing and overseeing the Department’s privacy operations and ensuring its privacy compliance, including compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and the E-Government Act of 2002; assisting the CPCLO in developing Departmental privacy policy and refining Department policies relating to the protection of civil liberties of individuals.

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U.S. Trustee Program

The Program's mission is to promote integrity and efficiency in the nation’s bankruptcy system by enforcing bankruptcy laws, providing oversight of private trustees, and maintaining operational excellence.

Oversight

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Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)

Under Attorney General Order No. 1931-94, OPR has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of misconduct by Department of Justice attorneys that relate to the exercise of their authority to investigate, litigate, or provide legal advice; and to investigate allegations of misconduct by law enforcement personnel when they are related to allegations of misconduct by attorneys within the jurisdiction of OPR.

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Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (PRAO)

PRAO's mission is to ensure prompt, consistent advice to Department attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys with respect to professional responsibility issues.

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Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

OIG's mission is to promote integrity, efficiency, and accountability within DOJ. The OIG investigates alleged violations of criminal and civil laws by employees and also audits and inspects programs.

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Special Counsel's Office - Jack Smith

The Attorney General has the authority to appoint Special Counsels to conduct criminal investigations and possible prosecutions.

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Special Counsel's Office - John Durham

The Attorney General has the authority to appoint Special Counsels to conduct criminal investigations and possible prosecutions.

Initiatives & Projects

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Elder Justice Initiative

The Elder Justice Initiative's mission is to support and coordinate the Department’s enforcement and programmatic efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect and financial fraud and scams that target our nation’s older adults.

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Executive Office for Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF)

OCDETF's mission is to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in the United States and diminish the violence and other criminal activity associated with the drug trade. To accomplish this mission, the OCDETF Program leverages the skills and expertise of prosecutors and agents from federal, state, and local agencies to combat the most prolific drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.

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Hate Crimes

DOJ is dedicated to preventing and fighting hate crimes. DOJ works to prevent hate crimes by supporting community education and dialogue, and providing support, technical assistance, and funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and service providers.

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Heroin and Opioid Awareness

The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. DOJ is part of collaborative effort to raise awareness and develop strategies and solutions for affected communities.

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Human Trafficking

DOJ's anti-trafficking efforts include: investigations, prosecutions, services for victims, trainings, enforcement and outreach initiatives to strengthen anti-trafficking partnerships, innovative prevention efforts, capacity-building programs that advance survivor-centered anti-trafficking strategies, and grant funding to state, local, and tribal authorities and to non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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Lawful Access

Because of warrant-proof encryption, the government often cannot obtain the electronic evidence necessary to investigate and prosecute threats to public safety and national security, even with a warrant or court order.

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Office for Access to Justice (ATJ)

ATJ was reestablished as a standalone agency in October 2021 to address the access-to-justice crisis in the criminal and civil justice system. ATJ’s mission is to help the justice system efficiently deliver outcomes that are fair and accessible to all, irrespective of wealth and status. ATJ is dedicated to improving the federal government’s understanding of and capacity to address the most urgent legal needs of communities across America.

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Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)

OEJ's mission is to protect overburdened and underserved communities from the harm caused by environmental crimes, pollutions and climate change.

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Open Government Directive

The Open Government Directive breaks down long-standing barriers between the Federal government and the people it serves.

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Project Safe Childhood

Project Safe Childhood is a unified and comprehensive strategy to combat child exploitation. Initiated in May, 2006, Project Safe Childhood combines law enforcement efforts, community action, and public awareness.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

PSN is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

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Reducing Gun Violence

DOJ is taking steps to help address gun violence affecting communities across the country.

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Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative

The Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative coordinates with Department of Justice components and federal agencies to build a comprehensive legal support and protection network focused on serving servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

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Tribal Justice and Safety

In June 2009, the Justice Department announced the launch of a major new initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.