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Civil Division

Peter Caplan, Civil Division Chief

Chief Peter Caplan


Affirmative Litigation Unit - Chief Caroline Burgunder

The Affirmative Litigation Unit is responsible for civil enforcement of health care fraud, mortgage fraud and other forms of fraud against the federal government. The Affirmative Litigation Unit also handles bankruptcy matters and property liens on behalf of the United States.


Civil Rights Unit - Chief Susan DeClercq 

The Civil Rights Unit enforces federal civil statutes, such as the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and laws prohibiting patterns and practices of police misconduct. The Civil Rights Unit also coordinates with the Criminal Division on criminal civil rights matters, such as hate crimes and police brutality.


Forfeiture and Financial Litigation Unit - Chief Linda Aouate

The Forfeiture and Financial Litigation Unit (FFLU) seeks forfeiture of assets in both criminal and civil cases, collects debts owed to the government, enforces judgments and recovers restitution on behalf of crime victims. The FFLU also assists with money laundering prosecutions and provides litigation assistance in other significant cases being prosecuted within the office.


Defensive Litigation Unit - Chief Zakary Toomey

The Defensive Litigation Unit defends lawsuits brought against the United States, such as constitutional torts, medical malpractice, negligence claims, defense of federal programs and agency decisions, employment discrimination, immigration, Social Security, and prisoner litigation.


Updated April 30, 2021

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