The United States Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Missouri, in coordination with the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, is responsible for enforcing the federal civil rights laws in Eastern Missouri.
The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of the criminal civil rights laws, including laws prohibiting hate crimes, human trafficking and the use of unreasonable force by those acting under color of law, as outlined below:
- Federal Hate Crime Laws
- Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit (HTPU)
- Statutes Enforced by the Civil Rights Division Criminal Section
The office welcomes information from the public that brings to our attention possible violations of our nation's civil rights laws. At the same time, while the scope of our civil rights practice is broad, the authority of the United States Department of Justice to investigate and seek relief for individual complaining parties for alleged civil rights violations is limited. We may investigate and seek to remedy alleged discriminatory conduct only where and in the manner specifically authorized by law. For example, the Department of Justice has authority to investigate and seek to remedy patterns and practices of certain unlawful discriminatory conduct, but we generally do not have the authority to represent individuals in their pursuit of private civil rights claims.
If you have information concerning a potential violation of the federal civil rights laws that you wish to bring to our attention, please go to the Dept. of Justice How to File a Complaint website and follow the instructions or email our office directly at USAMOEfirstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may complete the Civil Rights Complaint Form (see link below) and email or fax it to the Civil Rights Coordinator. Lastly, please note that the USAO is primarily a litigating office and not an investigative office, so the information you provide via email or on the complaint form may be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement and/or administrative agency act the discretion of this office.
Jennifer A. Winfield
Civil Rights Coordinator
United States Attorney's Office
111 S. 10th Street, Suite 20.333
St. Louis, MO 63102
Attn: Jennifer A. Winfield, Civil Rights Coordinator