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Civil Rights

The aggressive enforcement of federal civil rights laws is a top priority of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and one of the U.S. Attorney’s Office foremost goals for this District. The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes and litigates cases involving numerous criminal and civil statutes. To view a list of those statutes visit this link.

In May 2010, to coordinate the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in enforcing federal civil rights laws, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz formed the Civil Rights Enforcement Team (CRET) which is composed of Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) and support staff from the criminal and civil divisions of this office. The primary goal of the CRET is to develop a comprehensive enforcement and outreach strategy to address civil rights issues that arise in the District of Massachusetts.

To Report a Civil Rights Violation

Please call the main number of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and ask to speak to the duty attorney. Alternatively, please visit the following links for more information.

In the News

March 2, 2016

U.S. Attorney’s Office Hosts Conference on Ending the School-To-Prison Pipeline

U.S. Attorney Ortiz Launches Independent Investigation of Alleged Civil Rights Violations at Boston Latin School

March 1, 2016

U.S. Attorney Ortiz Conducts Review of Disability Access to Polls on Super Tuesday

February 16, 2016

U.S. Attorney Ortiz Announces Creation of Civil Rights Unit

February 10, 2016

The City of Somerville Restores Reemployment Promotional Rights of Marine Corps Reservist

February 4, 2016

Federal Judge Finds Ironworkers’ Pension Plan Violates Rights of Returning Veterans

October 1, 2015

U.S. Attorney Ortiz Hosts Roundtable to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

April 30, 2015

Justice Department Settles Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Involving North Attleboro, Massachusetts, Apartment Complex

November 23, 2010

Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination at Condominium in Methuen, Massachusetts

Updated June 27, 2016