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Civil Rights

Civil Rights Enforcement

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, is charged with enforcing federal civil rights laws throughout the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office enforces federal civil rights statutes such as the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, laws that protect access to education for English Language learners, voting rights laws, laws that protect military service members’ rights, religious freedom laws, and laws that prohibit patterns and practices of police misconduct, among others.

Recent examples of the civil rights enforcement work of this Office include:

Americans with Disabilities Act Investigations

Health Care Facilities

Polling Places



Recreational Facilities

Transportation Companies

Fair Housing Act Enforcement and Outreach
The Office welcomes information from the public regarding possible violations of our nation's civil rights laws. To inform the Office of a civil rights issue or complaint, please email the following address:

Contacting the Office Regarding Coronavirus-Related State and Local Directives

United States Attorney General William Barr has directed the United States Attorney in each district to be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens. He also directed Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric Dreiband and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Matthew Schneider to monitor state and local policies for potential violations. These two officials will work with state and local governments, as well as other federal agencies, to be on the alert for coronavirus response policies that restrict free speech and religious liberty, as well as other constitutional rights. United States Attorney William M. McSwain is always committed to protecting the rights of all citizens in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, especially during these challenging times. To report a potential civil rights violation, please email the following address:

Updated May 12, 2020

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