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Civil Rights FAQs, Brochures, Information Sheets

Here is non-exhaustive listing of several brochures, flyers, information sheets, reports, etc., that cover a wide variety of civil rights topics. These items are hyperlinked – clicking on the item name should open a PDF or HMTL version or the site for the document.

 (2016) (trifold brochure 2 page pdf)

 

(2016) (faq’s 4 page PDF)

 

Criminal Civil Rights

DOJ Criminal Civil Rights, main page https://www.justice.gov/crt/criminal-section

DOJ Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit (HTPU), https://www.justice.gov/crt/human-trafficking-prosecution-unit-htpu

DOJ Hate Crimes, https://www.justice.gov/crt/hate-crimes-0

Report on the Tenth Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (DOJ, 2010) (report 14 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/14/tvpaanniversaryreport.pdf

Disability - Generally

General requirements of Title II of the ADA - ADA Title II Technical Assistance Manual

https://www.ada.gov/taman2.html

 

Title II’s effective communications requirement - ADA Title II Technical Assistance Manual https://www.ada.gov/taman2.html#II-7.1000

 

Statement of the Department of Justice on Enforcement of the Integration Mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C. (DOJ, 2011) (5 pages) https://www.ada.gov/olmstead/q&a_olmstead.htm

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws (DOJ, 2009) (15 pages) https://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm


ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments (DOJ, 2015) (13 pages) https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/title_ii_primer.html


Protecting the Rights of Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities: Technical Assistance for State and Local Child Welfare Agencies and Courts under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act(DOJ & HHS, 2016) (technical assistance guide, 18 pages) https://www.ada.gov/doj_hhs_ta/child_welfare_ta.html

Beyond the Cases: 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act The Lives, Faces, and Stories Behind the ADA (DOJ 2016) /media/849716/download?inline
 

Disability – Effective Communications

Meeting the Communication Needs of Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities (DOJ & Dep’t of Educ., 2016) (fact sheet 5 pages) https://www.ada.gov/doe_doj_eff_comm/doe_doj_eff_comm_fact_sht.htm

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Effective Communications with Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities (DOJ Dep’t of Educ., 2016) (fact sheet 27 pages) https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-faqs-effective-communication-201411.pdf

Effective Communications Fact Sheet, ADA Requirements (DOJ, 2014) (fact sheet 5 pages) https://www.ada.gov/effective-comm.htm

ADA Business BRIEF: Communicating with Guests who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hotels, Motels, and Other Places of Transient Lodging (DOJ, 2003) (fact sheet 3 pages) https://www.ada.gov/hotelcombr.htm

ADA Business BRIEF: Communicating with Guests who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings (DOJ, 2003) (fact sheet 5 pages) https://www.ada.gov/hospcombr.htm

Disability – Law Enforcement

Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing ADA Guide for Law Enforcement Officers (DOJ, 2006) (fact sheet 4 pages) https://www.ada.gov/lawenfcomm.htm

Americans with Disabilities Act: Information for Law Enforcement (DOJ) https://www.ada.gov/policeinfo.htm

Examples and Resources to Support Criminal Justice Entities in Compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities (DOJ 2017) (fact sheet 8 pages) https://www.ada.gov/cjta.html

Commonly Asked Questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act and Law Enforcement (DOJ, 2006) (faq’s 9 pages) https://www.ada.gov/q&a_law.htm

Disability – Service Animals

Service Animals (DOJ, 2011) (fact sheet 3 pages) https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA (DOJ, 2010) (fact sheet 8 pages) https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html; https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.pdf

Facts about Service Animals and Transportation (Nat’l Aging and Disability Transportation Center) (fact sheet 3 pages) http://www.nadtc.org/wp-content/uploads/NADTC-Facts-about-Service-Animals-Poster.pdf

Education – Title IX

Equal Access to Education: Forty Years of Title IX (DOJ 2012) (report 14 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2012/06/20/titleixreport.pdf

Title IX Legal Manual (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/crt/title-ix-education-amendments-1972

 

Military and Service Members

Understanding Your Employment Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Veterans (EEOC) (fact sheet 6 pages) https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/ada_veterans.cfm

Your Rights Under USERRA (DOJ, DOL-VETS, ESGR, OSC 2008) (fact sheet 1 page) https://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra/userra_private.pdf

Protecting the Rights of Servicemembers (DOJ) (information booklet 12 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2013/05/22/servicemembers_booklet.pdf

Anti-Discrimination - Generally

Protecting Women’s Rights (DOJ) (fact sheet 7 pages) https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/ada_veterans.cfm

Protecting the Civil Rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives (DOJ) (brochure 2 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2014/06/19/protect.pdf

Combating Discrimination Against AANHPI and MASSA Students [Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian (MASSA)] (DOJ, Dep’t of Educ. 2016) (fact sheet 1 page) https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/aanhpi-massa-factsheet-201606.pdf

Community Engagement (Dep’t of Homeland Security, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties) (brochure 2 pages) https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/community-engagement-dhs-crcl-poster.pdf

Language Access in State Courts (DOJ, 2016) (report 28 pages) /media/1053481/download?inline

MOU Between the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and the Indian Working Group of the Civil Rights Division (DOJ) (5 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2014/06/19/navajo-mou.pdf

Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education (DOJ, 2014) (fact sheet 2 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2014/05/16/eos14.pdf

Anti-Discrimination - National Origin

Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination (DOJ 2010) (16 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2011/04/07/natorigin2.pdf

Protecciones Federales Contra la Discriminación por Origen Nacional (DOJ 2010) (18 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2011/04/07/natlorg_spanish.pdf

Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/crt/fcs/fcs-publications-major-interest#Civil_Rights_Pubs Includes links to versions in:

Arabic (PDF), Korean (PDF), Cambodian (PDF) Laotian (PDF), Chinese (PDF) Punjabi (PDF), Farsi ( PDF), Russian (PDF), French (PDF), Spanish (HTML) (PDF), Haitian Creole (PDF), Tagalog (PDF), Hindi (PDF), Vietnamese (PDF), Hmong (PDF)

 

Anti-Discrimination – Religion, Federal Religious Land Use Protections

Combating Religious Discrimination Today: Final Report (DOJ, 2016) (report 40 pages) /media/848886/download?inline

A Guide to Federal Religious Land Use Protections (DOJ) (fact sheet 3 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/rluipa_guide.pdf

Protecting the Religious Freedom of All: Federal Laws Against Religious Discrimination (DOJ, 2005) (Report 13 page) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/religiousfreedom.pdf

RLUIPA Letter to Mayors and Other Local Officials (DOJ, 2016) (letter 6 pages) https://www.justice.gov/crt/page/file/918596/download

Report on the Tenth Anniversary of the Religious Land use and Institutionalized Persons Act (DOJ 2010) (report 15 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/15/rluipa_report_092210.pdf

Update on the Justice Department’s Enforcement of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act: 2010 – 2016 (DOJ 2016) /media/848881/download?inline

Anti-Discrimination – Religion (Muslim, Sikh)

Twenty Plus Things Schools Can Do to Respond to or Prevent Hate Incidents Against Arab-Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs (DOJ) (fact sheet 2 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crs/legacy/2012/12/17/20-plus-things.pdf

Poster on Sikh Americans and the Kirpan (DHS, 2006) https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/crcl_kirpan_poster-DHS-DOJ.jpg

Poster on Common Sikh American Head Coverings (DHS 2005) https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CRCL_SikhHeadCoveringPoster_2005.pdf

Poster on Common Sikh American Head Coverings (DOJ, 2008) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2008/10/21/sikh_poster.pdf

Poster of Common Muslim American Head Coverings (DHS 2005) https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CRCL_MuslimHeadCoveringPoster_2005.pdf

Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era: Challenges and Opportunities Ten Years Later (DOJ, 2012) (report 22 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2012/04/16/post911summit_report_2012-04.pdf

Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA)

 

DOJ Activities Fiscal Year 2014, https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2015/04/24/split_cripa14.pdf


Law Enforcement

Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (DOJ 2015) (report 26 pages) https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/799366/download

The Civil Rights Division’s Pattern and Practice Police Reform Work: 1994-Present (DOJ, 2017) (report 55 pages) /media/872116/download?inline

Addressing Police Misconduct: Laws enforced by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/crt/addressing-police-misconduct-laws-enforced-department-justice (HTML) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2012/08/03/polmis.pdf (PDF)

Dear Colleague Letter Regarding Law Enforcement Fees and Fines (DOJ, 2016) (letter 9 pages) https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/832541/download

Prison Rape & the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Prison Rape Elimination Act: Community Confinement Standards, Executive Summary of DOJ Final Rule (DOJ, 2012)(11 pages) https://ojp.gov/programs/pdfs/prea_executive_summary.pdf

Prison Rape Elimination Act: Community Confinement Standards, DOJ Final Rule (DOJ, 2012) (268 pages) https://ojp.gov/programs/pdfs/prea_final_rule.pdf

Third-Party Reporting Under the PREA Standards: A Fact Sheet for Corrections Officials (National PREA Resource Center) (fact sheet 3 pages) https://www.prearesourcecenter.org/sites/default/files/library/third-partyreportingfactsheet.pdf

Review Panel on Prison Rape (DOJ Office of Justice Programs) main webpage https://ojp.gov/reviewpanel/reviewpanel.htm

 

Report on Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails (DOJ 2012) (Review panel on Prison Rape)

https://ojp.gov/reviewpanel/pdfs/prea_finalreport_2012.pdf

 

Report on Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Correctional Facilities (DOJ, 2016) (Review Panel on Prison Rape) https://ojp.gov/reviewpanel/pdfs/panel_report_prea_apr2016.pdf

 

Report on Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Correctional Facilities (DOJ, 2010) (Review Panel on Prison Rape)

https://ojp.gov/reviewpanel/pdfs/panel_report_101014.pdf

 

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Programs or activities receiving Federal Financial Assistance

 

Equal Treatment For Faith-Based Organizations: It’s The Law (White House Faith-Based and Community Initiatives) https://www.justice.gov/archive/fbci/docs/helpful-info-021208.pdf

 

DOJ Center for Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP)

Main webpage https://ojp.gov/fbnp/index.htm

Frequently asked questions (faq’s) https://ojp.gov/fbnp/faqs.htm

 

Your Rights Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (DOJ) (brochure 2 pages) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/14/TitleVIEng.pdf

 

Sus derechos bajo el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 (DOJ) https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ocr/civilrights/resources/factsheets/spanish/title6factsheetspanish.pdf

 

Links to the Title VI Regulations of Federal Agencies (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/crt/agency-specific-civil-rights-information#FACRO

 

Title VI Four-Year Report, July 2013 (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2013/07/24/4yr_report.pdf

 

Non-discrimination on the Basis of Sex in Federally Assisted Programs (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/crt/fcs/TitleIX-SexDiscrimination

 

Limited English Proficiency Resource Document: Tips and Tools from the Field (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2010/12/14/Final%20Tips%20and%20Tools%20Document.%209%2021%2004.pdf

 

Limited English Proficiency (LEP), What Federal Agencies and Federally Assisted Programs Should Know about Providing Services to LEP Individuals (DOJ) https://www.lep.gov/13166/LEP_Brochure_Fed_Agencies_Recipients.pdf

Protecting Against Race, Color, and National Origin Discrimination by Recipients of Federal Funds (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crt/legacy/2013/07/24/4yr_report.pdf

 

DOJ Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs

 

DOJ Federal Coordination and Compliance Section

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.

Website https://www.justice.gov/crt/fcs

DOJ Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) Publications of Major Interest https://www.justice.gov/crt/fcs/fcs-publications-major-interest#ISPEAK

 

Title VI – Federal Disaster Assistance

Guidance to State and Local Governments and Other Federally Assisted Recipients Engaged in Emergency Preparedness, Response, Mitigation, and Recovery Activities on Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Joint - DOJ, DHS, HUD, HHS, DOT) (16 pages) https://www.justice.gov/crt/fcs/EmergenciesGuidance (html); /media/1041456/download?inline (pdf)

Tips and Tools for Reaching Limited English Proficient Communities in Emergency Preparedness (DOJ) /media/1041461/download?inline (pdf)

Checklist for Emergency Managers & Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance (HHS) /media/852581/download?inline

Voting

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) (DOJ 2016) https://www.justice.gov/crt/about-national-voter-registration-act (html)

FAQ’s on the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/crt/national-voter-registration-act-1993-nvra

About Language Minority Voting Rights (DOJ) https://www.justice.gov/crt/about-language-minority-voting-rights (html)

Language Minority Brochure https://www.justice.gov/crt/about-language-minority-voting-rights#brochures. DOJ Voting Rights Section has published a plain language brochure that offers practical steps for achieving compliance. These brochures are also printed in the following languages: En Español, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog

LGBTI, HIV/AIDS

Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Individuals (DOJ 3/2015) (brochure 2 pages) https://www.ada.gov/hiv/lgbti_brochure.html (html)

Protecting the Rights of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (DOJ 2014) (brochure 2 pages) https://www.ada.gov/hiv/ada_hiv_brochure.html (html)

DOJ Community Relations Service (CRS)

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. Website https://www.justice.gov/crs

 

CRS Fact Sheet https://www.justice.gov/crs/page/file/930206/download

 

Police-Community Conflicts https://www.justice.gov/crs/file/627821/download

 

PERCEIVED EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE Addressing Community Racial Tensions /media/631896/download?inline

Community Relations Services Toolkit for Policing https://www.justice.gov/crs/file/836401/download

Planning for Safe Marches and Demonstrations https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crs/legacy/2012/12/17/safe-marches-dem.pdf

Programs for Managing School Multicultural Conflict https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crs/legacy/2012/12/17/school-multicultural-conflict.pdf

Mediation of Community Racial Disputes and Conflicts https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crs/legacy/2012/12/17/med-comm-racial-disp.pdf

The Community Relations Service and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/crs/legacy/2010/08/26/hate-crimes-prevention-act.pdf

Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices

The Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) Section (formerly titled Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices), enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b.

This federal law prohibits: 1) citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 2) national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 3) documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification, Form I-9 and E-Verify, and 4) retaliation or intimidation.

https://www.justice.gov/crt/office-special-counsel-immigration-related-unfair-employment-practices-section

Updated December 28, 2021