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Civil Rights & ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act

One of the priorities of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa is to protect the civil rights of the citizens of the Northern District of Iowa.

All complaints of civil rights violations are reviewed by the civil rights attorney in the Civil Division. The complaint is then forwarded to the Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., for further review.

Many civil, civil rights investigations in the Northern District of Iowa involved the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The office has also reviewed for referral or investigated complaints involving fair housing and official misconduct.



To prevent civil rights violations and to inform citizens of their rights, the United States Attorney's Office devotes resources toward educational events aimed at raising awareness of civil rights issues.


The U.S. Attorney's Office has a variety of educational brochures that explain federal civil rights protections, including protections in the areas of housing, educations, and employment. To request brochures, email


Trainings and Programs

The U.S. Attorney's Office also offers trainings on civil rights topics. Below is a sampling of programs offered by the U.S. Attorney's Office (all programs can be tailored to meet the needs of the requesting group or institution).

  • Know Your Civil Rights trainings, covering federal civil rights law and how to report discrimination in areas including housing, employment, healthcare, and education.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act trainings, covering the ADA and other laws that prohibit disability discrimination.
    • Service Animals; Movie Theatre Rules; Effective Communication
  • Fair Housing Act trainings, covering the FHA and other laws that prohibit discrimination by housing providers.
    • Sexual Harassment in Housing; Assistance Animals
  • Equal Education Opportunities Act trainings, covering the EEOA and other laws that prohibit discrimination in schools.
    • Limited English Proficient (LEP) Parents and Guardians; English Learner (EL) Students; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Protecting Houses of Worship events to train security personnel from diverse faith institutions on how to protect religious institutions and houses of worship from violence.
  • Servicemembers / Veterans
    • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act trainings, covering USERRA and other laws prohibiting employers from discriminating or retaliating against an employee or applicant for employment because of such person's past, current, or future military obligation.
    • The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act trainings, covering SCRA's financial protections for active duty servicemembers and their families.



You may file a complaint of potential violations of federal civil rights laws which includes ADA violations by either mailing, faxing, or e-mailing your complaint to us.

Click on the following link and complete the form for complaints against state or local government entities or places of public accommodation. Places of public accommodation include businesses that are generally open to the public and that fall into one of 12 categories listed in the ADA, such as restaurants, movie theatres, schools, day care facilities, recreation facilities, and doctors' offices. The ADA requires places of public accommodation - as well as commercial facilities (privately owned, nonresidential facilities such as factories, warehouses, or office buildings) - to comply with the ADA Standards.

NDIA Civil Rights Complaint Form

Mail or fax the completed complaint form to the address below or e-mail the form to:

The form is also available by calling the U.S. Attorney's Office at (319) 363-6333.

United States Attorney
Northern District of Iowa
Civil Rights Division
111 Seventh Avenue SE, Box 1
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-2101

Fax: (319) 363-1990

TTY: (319) 286-9258

You can also file an ADA completing the questionnaire located at

Updated October 4, 2021

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