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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Department Of Justice Announces Launch Of Civil Rights Reporting Portal

The Western District of Michigan’s Local Hotline Continues as a Supplement to the New Portal

          GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN -The Department of Justice today announced the launch of the Civil Rights Reporting Portal. This new online tool will make it easier for the public to report a civil rights violation.

          “The Department is committed to upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all people in the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Reporting Portal will make it easier for the public to connect with us, which in turn makes us more effective at upholding these important rights. I encourage the public to use this portal to report civil rights violations.”

          The new Civil Rights Reporting Portal – located at civilrights.justice.gov – will consolidate over 30 unique reporting pathways. The portal will dramatically ease the burden on victims of civil rights violations to identify the proper reporting channel. The form is fully accessible to people with disabilities. It is also available in both English and Spanish, with more languages to be added over the next year.

          Western District of Michigan U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge explained that the established civil rights hotline contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids will remain available as well, at 616-808-2004 and usamiw.civilrights@usdoj.gov. “We coordinate with the Civil Rights Division on referrals; so whether you want to reach us quickly with a concern or to actually file a report through the new portal, you will be taken seriously.”

          Individuals who believe that they may have been victims of civil rights violations can learn more about their rights and how to report violations by visiting civilrights.justice.gov. If you believe that you are a victim of criminal civil rights violations, such as misconduct by law enforcement officers, hate crimes, or human trafficking, please contact your local FBI office.

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Topic(s): 
Civil Rights
Updated June 25, 2020