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Civil Rights Resources, Contacts, Links



FBI Main Page:


FBI Civil Rights website page:


FBI Columbia Field Office (Covers the entire state of South Carolina)

151 Westpark Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29210-3857
(803) 551-4200


Department of Justice, Civil Rights, Criminal Section:

The Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual's civil rights.



Civil Rights Division Department of Justice:

Home page for the DOJ Civil Rights Division, which states that, “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 Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.”



Outstanding resource by the DOJ Civil Rights Division that provides a variety of Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


DOJ Guide to Disability Rights Laws,

The Americans with Disabilities Act Title II, Technical Assistance Manual, Covering State and Local Government Programs and Services,



DOJ Educational Opportunities Section:


U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR):


Employment Discrimination

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Charlotte District Office:

Greenville local Office:

Savannahs local Office:


South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SHAC):


Fair Housing

DOJ Housing and Civil Enforcement:


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):


South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SHAC):


Fair Lending

DOJ Housing and Civil Enforcement:


Federal Programs

Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS)

The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) ensures that all federal agencies consistently and effectively enforce civil rights statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination in federally conducted and assisted programs and activities.


Federal Agencies - Civil Rights Offices


Jails, Prisons, Disability Facilities, and Other Government-Run Institutions:

DOJ Special Litigation Sections:

Jails and Prisons:


Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons


Juvenile Justice

DOJ Special Litigation Section – Rights of Juveniles


Law Enforcement


The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is a component within the
U.S. Department of Justice dedicated to community policing.


Law Enforcement - Communications with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


“Deaf Sensitivity Training Video for Police Officers” – Deaf, Inc.


· Created in collaboration with St. Louis County Police Academy

· Deaf Inc:

· St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy (314) 889-8600


“Police Response to People with Disabilities, 8-part series” video – ADA


· Part 7 = Deafness or Hard of Hearing


“Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: ADA Guide for Law Enforcement Officers” -ADA


· ADA requirements

· Communication techniques/ practical suggestions

· When interpreters are required


Military and Servicemembers’ Rights

DOJ Servicemember Veterans Initiative (SVI)


U.S. Department of Labor, VETS (Veterans’ Employment and Training Service):

USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act)


Religious Land Use



DOJ Voting Section:




DOJ Community Relations Service,

The Community Relations Service is the Department's "Peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability. CRS is not an investigatory or prosecutorial agency, and it does not have any law enforcement authority.


South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SHAC)

Updated September 6, 2022