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Mission, Values, and Organization


The mission of the Department of Justice (DOJ) is to uphold the rule of law, to keep our country safe, and to protect civil rights.


  • Independence and Impartiality.  The Justice Department works each day to earn the public’s trust by following the facts and the law wherever they may lead, without prejudice or improper influence. 
  • Honesty and Integrity.  The Justice Department’s employees adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior, mindful that, as public servants, we must work to earn the trust of, and inspire confidence in, the public we serve. 
  • Respect.  The Justice Department’s employees value differences in people and in ideas and treat everyone with fairness, dignity, and compassion.
  • Excellence.  The Justice Department works every day to provide the highest levels of service to the American people and to be a responsible steward of the taxpayers’ dollars. 


Under the leadership of the Attorney General of the United States, the Justice Department is composed of more than 40 separate component organizations and more than 115,000 employees.  Headquartered at the Robert F. Kennedy Building in Washington, D.C., the Department maintains field offices in all states and territories across the United States and in more than 50 countries around the world.