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Civil Rights Enforcement

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all persons in the United States, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), disability, religion, familial status, national origin, and citizenship status.

Statutes Enforced:

The U.S. Department of Justice has jurisdiction to bring cases under a number of federal statutes, including the:

To Report a Civil Rights Violation

If you need further assistance or have information concerning a potential violation of federal civil rights laws that you would like to bring to our attention,  please complete and send a Civil Rights Complaint Form or call the U.S. Attorney's Office (207-780-3257) and ask to speak to a Civil Rights coordinator.

Other federal agencies also handle civil rights complaints, including: