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Below are a variety of subject matter areas, initiatives, and programs handled by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Asset Forfeiture Program

The Justice Asset Forfeiture Program includes activity by Department of Justice components and several components outside the Department. Each component plays an important role in the Program.

Elder Justice Initiative

The mission of the Elder Justice Initiative is to support and coordinate the Department’s enforcement and programmatic efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect and financial fraud and scams that target our nation’s seniors.

Hate Crimes

Combatting hate crimes is one of the Department of Justice’s highest priorities. The Department of Justice combats hate crimes through prevention, education, outreach, data collection, and support for state, local, and tribal law enforcement. This website is designed to provide a centralized portal for the Department of Justice's hate crimes resources for law enforcement, media, researchers, victims, advocacy groups, and other related organizations and individuals. The resources include training materials, technical assistance, videos, research reports, statistics, and other helpful information from all the Department of Justice components working on hate crimes.

Heroin and Opioid Awareness

The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug crisis in American history.  Find facts, resources, and news about what the Department of Justice is doing to combat the opioid crisis.

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.

Intellectual Property Task Force

The Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property is part of a Department-wide initiative to confront the growing number of domestic and international intellectual property (IP) crimes.

Lawful Access

The Constitution permits the government to obtain lawful access to otherwise private places (whether physical or digital) after convincing an independent judge to issue a search warrant or a wiretap order based on probable cause that evidence of a crime will be found.  However, “warrant-proof” encryption technology increasingly prevents the government from obtaining electronic evidence necessary to investigate and prosecute threats to public safety and national security, even with a lawful warrant or court order.  Such encryption technology also can prevent technology platforms’ own work to act against illegal activity occurring on their systems.  Although encryption is an important tool to enhance privacy and cybersecurity, the risks that warrant-proof implementations of encryption technologies create are significant and must be addressed constructively by the government, technology providers, and other stakeholders.  

Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism

The mission of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism is to support U.S. victims of terrorism overseas by helping them navigate foreign criminal justice systems and by advocating for their voices to be heard around the world.

Open Government

The Open Government Directive directs executive departments and agencies to take specific actions to implement the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration.  Open Data and Plan Language information is also available here.

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program was established in 1982 to mount a comprehensive attack against organized drug traffickers. Today, the OCDETF Program is the centerpiece of the United States Attorney General's drug strategy to reduce the availability of drugs by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations and money laundering organizations and related criminal enterprises.

Project Safe Childhood

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

Reducing Gun Violence

The Department of Justice is taking steps to help address the continuing epidemic of gun violence affecting communities across the county. 

Tribal Justice and Safety

Learn about the Department of Justice’s work to support law enforcement and maintain public safety in Indian Country.

Updated March 5, 2024