Title VI Civil Rights news @ FCS Winter 2017

Title VI Civil Rights news @ FCS Winter 2017

WELCOME

Dear Colleagues:

Each January we commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose resilience, sacrifice, and faith in justice was instrumental in so many ways, including in compelling the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. King tirelessly championed our nation’s founding promise of equality of opportunity and brought us all closer to that ideal. He showed us that by working together through public engagement and appropriate government action, we can advance the cause of justice and equal opportunity for all people. 

Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, federal agencies are charged with ensuring that federal financial assistance is not used to encourage, entrench, subsidize, or result in race, color, or national origin discrimination. The civil rights offices across federal agencies carry out this mission each day. Through Title VI outreach, investigations, compliance reviews, resolution agreements, guidance, and technical assistance to the recipients that implement federally funded programs and activities, agencies strive to ensure access to opportunities free from discrimination. But we do not do this work alone. Across the country, within recipient agencies, community groups, and legal services organizations, thousands of people are working to ensure the promise of our nation’s civil rights laws.

A new report from the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable underscores the connections between anti-poverty work and civil rights, as well as the importance of collaboration to achieve enforcement and outreach objectives. As Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, said in her November speech to the National Legal Aid and Defender Association Annual Conference, “we need to recognize that poverty, access to justice, police misconduct, criminal justice reform, and other civil rights concerns are not separate issues. They are one struggle.”    

During this month of reflection and resolution, we highlight examples of the federal agencies’ Title VI efforts, recognizing that this work rests on the shoulders of history and was informed by engagement with the American people. In this issue’s Agency Spotlight, Naomi Berry-Perez, Director of the Civil Rights Center at the U.S. Department of Labor, discusses the agency’s latest efforts grounded in Title VI, including the recently published regulation implementing the nondiscrimination provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. We also feature Frequently Asked Questions on the application of Title VI in the context of health care programs and activities. Please read on for news of recent Title VI settlement agreements, an updated to the Title VI Legal Manual, briefs, outreach activities, and more.

We welcome your comments on this Newsletter at FCS.CRT@usdoj.gov and look forward to continuing to work with all of you to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of Title VI.

Christine Stoneman
Principal Deputy Chief
Federal Coordination and Compliance Section
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice