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Civil Rights Division

About the Division

División de Derechos Civiles en español

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all persons in the United States, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), disability, religion, familial status, national origin, and citizenship status.

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Meet the Assistant Attorney General

Kristen Clarke
Assistant Attorney General

Civil Rights Division
Tel: (202) 514-3847
TTY: (202) 514-0716

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke
Civil Rights Division News

Featured Items

How the Civil Rights Division Protects Against Religious and National Origin Discrimination
Combating Religious Discrimination
Combating National Origin Discrimination

Know Your Rights: Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
View the flyer and other languages on the Publications page

Questions and Answers regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard College and University of North Carolina
Read the Questions and Answers

How the Civil Rights Division Combats Sexual Misconduct
Know Your Rights Flyer (English) (Spanish version)

Justice Department Issues Joint Statement on Enforcement Efforts Against Discrimination and Bias in Automated Systems
Statement (4/25/2023)

Justice Department Publishes Guide to Federal Voting Rights
Know Your Voting Rights