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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF CIVIL RIGHTS REPORTING PORTAL

A new online tool designed to help the public report civil rights violations

The Department of Justice announced the launch of the Civil Rights Reporting Portal. This new online tool will make it easier for the public to report a civil rights violation.

“The department is committed to upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all people in the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Reporting Portal will make it easier for the public to connect with us, which in turn makes us more effective at upholding these important rights. I encourage the public to use this portal to report civil rights violations.”

“The need to accurately and completely report civil rights violations is at the front of our duties as citizens of Michigan,” stated United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.  “The events of recent weeks show that Michiganders are standing up to be heard, and this new online reporting tool will help people speak out against civil rights violations at any time, day or night.”

The new Civil Rights Reporting Portal – located at civilrights.justice.gov – will consolidate over 30 unique reporting pathways. The portal will dramatically ease the burden on victims of civil rights violations to identify the proper reporting channel. The form is fully accessible to people with disabilities. It is also available in both English and Spanish, with more languages to be added over the next year.

Individuals who believe they may have been a victim of a civil rights violation can learn how to report violations to the Department by visiting civilrights.justice.gov.  When appropriate, the Civil Rights Division staff will refer complainants to other agencies that are responsible for handling specific types of complaints. 

Individuals can also still report civil rights violations locally to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  In the Eastern District of Michigan, complaints can be submitted via email at usamie.civilrights@usdoj.gov or by telephone at (313) 226-9151. 

Individuals who believe they are a victim of criminal violation of their civil rights, such as misconduct by law enforcement officers, a hate crime, or human trafficking, should contact their local FBI office.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

 

Topic(s): 
Civil Rights
Updated June 17, 2020