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Civil Rights

The aggressive enforcement of federal civil rights laws is a top priority of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) in the District of Massachusetts. The USAO prosecutes numerous cases involving civil rights offenses.

In May 2010, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz formed the Civil Rights Enforcement Team (CRET) to develop comprehensive enforcement and outreach strategies to address civil rights issues in the District of Massachusetts. 

To Report a Civil Rights Violation (Employment Discrimination, Housing Discrimination, Hate Crime, Color of Law Abuse, Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances, or Human Trafficking):

Please call the U.S. Attorney’s Office (617-748-3100) and ask to speak to the duty attorney or visit the following links for more information.

Employment Discrimination:

To file an employment discrimination claim, contact your local office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

To file a claim of employment discrimination based on your status as a service member or veteran, complete Form 1010 on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) website.

For information on your local VETS office, please visit their website.

Housing Discrimination:

To file a housing discrimination claim, contact your local U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development office or file a complaint online.

Hate Crime:

Please contact your local police department to report a hate crime. A hate crime is a traditional offense, such as murder, arson, or vandalism but has the added element of bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

Color of Law Abuse:

To report a color of law abuse, which includes acts carried out by government, local, state and federal officials operating both within and beyond the limits of their lawful authority, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division

Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances:

The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) law makes it a federal crime to injure, intimidate or interfere with those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health care services. Please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division to report a violence of FACE.

Human Trafficking:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes crimes in violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.  The U.S. Attorney's Office and federal investigative agencies often investigate crimes in collaboration with state and local law enforcement as well as the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and each of the 11 District Attorney's Offices throughout the Commonwealth. 

If you have knowledge of a person(s) being trafficked, please call the U.S. Attorney’s Office (617-748-3100) and ask to speak to the duty attorney. You may also contact the following federal investigative agencies.

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General

 

 

Updated November 7, 2016