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8-1.000 - Civil Rights Division

8-1.010 General
8-1.100 Statutes and Executive Orders Administered by the Civil Rights Division

8-1.010 - General

The Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division, subject to the general supervision of the Attorney General and under the direction of the Deputy Attorney General, is responsible for conducting, handling, or supervising civil rights matters, as more particularly described in 28 C.F.R. § 0.50. The Division is headed by an Assistant Attorney General, and now consists of the following Sections: Administrative Management Section, Appellate Section, Coordination and Review Section, Criminal Section, Disability Rights Section, Educational Opportunities Section, Employment Litigation Section, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, Special Litigation Section, and Voting Section, and the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Labor Practices.

Because of the sensitive nature of the constitutional and statutory issues involved and the desirability of uniform application of federal law in this field, close consultation between United States Attorneys and the Division on civil rights matters is of prime importance. Attorneys from the Division may conduct litigation in conjunction with the United States Attorney. Such attorneys will maintain close liaison and consult with the United States Attorney on a continuing basis.

Any statements issued to the press in connection with the institution of judicial proceedings in civil rights cases should be coordinated through the Department's Office of Public Affairs and the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division.

8-1.100 - Statutes and Executive Orders Administered by the Civil Rights Division

The following is a list of federal statutes and executive orders administered by the Civil Rights Division.

  1. CIVIL STATUTES. 15 U.S.C. §§ 1691e(h), 3151(c); 18 U.S.C. § 248; 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681(a), 1706, 1709; 28 U.S.C. §  1862; 29 U.S.C. §§ 794, 1577(c); 31 U.S.C. §§ 6720, 6721(d); 42 U.S.C. §§ 300w-7(c), 300x-7(c), 300y-9(c), 708(c), 1971, 1973 to 1973ff-4, 1997, 2000a-3(a), 2000a-5(a), 2000b(a), 2000c-6(a), 2000d, 2000e-5(f), 2000e-6(a), 2000h-2, 3613, 3789d(c)(3), 3789d(c)(4)(C), 5309(c), 8625(c), 9906(c), 14141; 3789d(c); 49 U.S.C. §§ 306(e), 1615(a)(4).
  2. CRIMINAL STATUTES. 18 U.S.C. §§ 241 to 248, 249, 594, 841 to 848, 875, 876, 924, 1001, 1503, 1504, 1508 to 1513, 1581 to 1594, 1621 to 1623, 2191 to 2196; 42 U.S.C. §§ 300a-8, 1973i(a)-(e), 1973j(a)-(c), 1973aa-3, 1973bb(b), 1973dd-3(b)-(c), 1974, 1974a, 2000e-8, 2000e-10, 3631; 46 U.S.C. §§ 658, 701.

The Civil Rights Division shares enforcement responsibility under some of these statutes with the Criminal Division, generally depending upon whether the matter involves discrimination or intimidation on account of race, or, in the case of those statutes dealing with obstruction of justice, relates to civil rights litigation.See 28 C.F.R. §§ 0.50 and 0.55. The Civil Rights Division has responsibility under 18 U.S.C. § 1001 with respect to false official statements made in connection with alleged violations of federal civil rights statutes.

[updated October 2009]

Updated December 18, 2015