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United States Attorney Celebrates 60 Years of Civil Rights Progress, Reminds Community of Their Voice

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Louisville, KY – In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, joined national leaders this week in celebrating this monumental step forward in our country’s journey towards equality.

“Our office stands firmly committed to upholding the principles enshrined in the Civil Rights Act,” stated U.S. Attorney Bennett. “We will continue our diligent efforts to protect and uphold civil rights throughout the Western District of Kentucky.”

The United States Attorney’s Office’s Civil Rights Program seeks to protect the rights of the most vulnerable and underserved members of our community through enforcement of both federal civil and criminal civil rights laws. In addition to other Assistant U.S. Attorneys who handle civil rights cases, the office has two designated civil attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys Jessica R. C. Malloy and Calesia Henson, who specialize in enforcing laws prohibiting discrimination. This includes protecting against discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, or disability, as well as protecting the civil rights of servicemembers, incarcerated persons and individuals housed in public institutions, and individuals with limited English proficiency. The Office has also designated two Assistant United States Attorneys in its Criminal Division to coordinate efforts to prosecute violations of criminal civil rights statutes. Assistant United States Attorney Chris Tieke coordinates the prosecution of criminal civil rights violations, and Assistant United States Attorney Erin McKenzie coordinates the criminal prosecution of human trafficking, which involves the exploitation of a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.

If you believe your civil rights have been violated, please call the United States Attorney’s Office’s Civil Rights Program at (502) 582-6023, send an email to, or mail your complaint to:

Attn: Civil Rights Program

United States Attorney’s Office

Western District of Kentucky

Louisville, KY 40202 


Updated July 5, 2024