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Civil Rights Section

Section Overview

The Civil Rights Section of the Civil Division focuses on enforcing federal civil rights laws throughout the Central District of California.  These laws prohibit discrimination, protect the constitutional rights of residents of this District, and ensure equal opportunity for all.  The laws the Section enforces include: the Americans with Disabilities Act, statutes protecting the rights of service members and veterans, statutes protecting the right to fair housing and fair lending, and other federal anti-discrimination statues enforced by the Department of Justice.


Joanna Hull

Chief, Civil Rights Section

Joanna Hull received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was Order of the Coif. After graduation, she accepted a position in the Attorney Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. She spent seven years with the Department of Labor, both in Washington D.C. and in the Los Angeles regional office, handling both federal appeals and trial work. In 2010, she joined this Office, working in the General Civil Division. During her tenure in General Civil, she successfully tried a number of cases, including employment and tort cases, and handled appeals before the Ninth Circuit. AUSA Hull worked on affirmative civil rights cases in a variety of areas, including disability rights and military service members’ rights. She also participated in the Civil Division’s investigation and resulting court-enforceable agreement with Los Angeles County and the Sheriff’s Department to ensure the constitutional rights of all LA County Jail inmates. In 2015-2016, AUSA Hull served a one-year detail to the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) as the National Civil Rights Coordinator. In this role, she served as the principal EOUSA subject-matter expert on all matters pertaining to civil and criminal civil rights, and assisted in developing and providing training to AUSAs nationwide.

Recent Cases

March 28, 2018
Press Release
Palm Springs Art Museum Agrees to Comply With ADA by Improving Access for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

March 28, 2018
Press Release
Justice Department Sues Subprime Auto Lender in Orange County for Illegally Repossessing Servicemembers’ Cars

February 20, 2018
Press Release
Justice Department Reaches Settlement with West Hollywood-Based Vacation Company to Resolve ADA Violations

February 14, 2018
Press Release
U.S. Attorney’s Office Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Harassment in Housing

September 29, 2017
Press Release
O.C. Day Care Agrees to Administer Emergency EpiPen Injections When Needed to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Civil Division
Attn: Civil Rights Section
300 North Los Angeles Street, Suite 7516
Los Angeles, California 90012

(213) 894-2879 (Phone)
(213) 894-7819 (Fax)

Report a Civil Rights Violation to the Civil Division, Civil Rights Section

Contact the Civil Rights Section by sending an e-mail to

Download the Civil Rights Complaint Form.

Updated March 28, 2018

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