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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF CIVIL RIGHTS REPORTING PORTAL

A new online tool designed to help the public report civil rights violations

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice this week announced the launch of the Civil Rights Reporting Portal. This new online tool will make it easier for the public to report a civil rights violation.

“The department is committed to upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all people in the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Reporting Portal will make it easier for the public to connect with us, which in turn makes us more effective at upholding these important rights. I encourage the public to use this portal to report civil rights violations.”

“We hold our civil and constitutional rights dear.  Montanan’s who have suffered a violation of those rights can now use this portal to report them, including voting, housing and land use, lending and credit, public accommodations, education,  employment, policing, prisons, disability and service member rights and more." U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said today.

The new Civil Rights Reporting Portal – located at civilrights.justice.gov – will consolidate over 30 unique reporting pathways. The portal will dramatically ease the burden on victims of civil rights violations to identify the proper reporting channel. The form is fully accessible to people with disabilities. It is also available in both English and Spanish, with more languages to be added over the next year.

Individuals who believe they may have been a victim of a civil rights violation can learn how to report violations to the Department by visiting civilrights.justice.gov.  When appropriate, the Civil Rights Division staff will refer complainants to other agencies that are responsible for handling specific types of complaints. 

Individuals who believe they are a victim of criminal violation of their civil rights, such as misconduct by law enforcement officers, a hate crime, or human trafficking, should contact their local FBI office.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

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Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated June 17, 2020