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Civil Rights Section

The United States Attorney’s Office, in coordination with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, is charged with enforcing the federal civil rights laws throughout the Southern District of Texas.

The following are examples of the civil rights statutes that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas enforces: the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and violations of laws that protect against patterns and practices of discrimination regarding race, ethnicity, gender and religion.

Examples of civil-rights violations that this office seeks to remedy include:

  1. Discrimination against a disabled person due to a failure to provide adequate access by a state or local government or a public accommodation (including, for example, a restaurant, doctor's office, retail store, hotel, etc.);
  2. Discrimination against a person who is renting, buying or securing financing for any housing because of the person’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children; and
  3. Discrimination against an employee or applicant for employment because of a person's past, current or future military obligations.

To inform the Civil Division, Civil Rights Section, of a Civil Rights violation, issue or complaint, use 


The United States Attorney’s Office is primarily a legal office and not an investigative agency. However, the Civil Rights Section of this office will evaluate your complaint and may take action on it or refer the complaint to another agency for investigation or other action.

Please keep in mind that this office cannot represent you in any matter. Therefore, you may need to consult and retain your own attorney.

Environmental Justice

Ensuring safe living and working conditions for our entire community is a priority in the Southern District of Texas. Notifying the U.S. Attorney's Office about environmental justice concerns helps us protect the community from harmful violations of federal law.

CR Press releases:

Virtual reality event company resolves ADA complaint 

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to undergo ADA compliance review

The Breakfast Klub agrees to remove ADA violations

Employment discrimination claim resolved on behalf of U.S. Army National Guard reservist

Justice Department Settles Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit Securing $342,500 for Two Female Firefighters and Changes to the Houston Fire Department's Training Practices

UH agrees to resolve web accessibility issues

Strip mall property owners settle ADA violations

Another strip mall property settles ADA allegations

Local strip mall property settles ADA allegations

U.S. Attorney’s Office hosts roundtable discussion on sexual harassment in the workplace

Trademark Property Company Resolves American with Disabilities Act Complaint

The Woodlands Retina Center Settles Claim to Ensure Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Department of Justice Settles Employment Discrimination Claim on Behalf of U.S. Army Reservist

Doctors Hospital Agrees to Settle Claim Alleging Failure to Provide Effective Communication Services Deaf Individuals

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Galveston County, Texas, to Improve Accessibility of Services and Programs
U.S. Attorney Announces New Civil Rights Practice and ADA Restaurant Initiative 
U.S. Attorney Announces Settlement with Bus Company to Ensure Accessibility for People with Disabilities


Civil Rights Brochure

For more information about the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, please click here.


Contact Information for the Civil Rights Section:

United States Attorney’s Office
Civil Division – Civil Rights Section
1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 2300
Houston, Texas 77002

Telephone: 713-567-9140

TTY: 713-567-9550

Fax: 713-718-3303



Updated March 15, 2023