CIVIL RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT
The U.S. Attorney’s Office (in coordination with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice) vigorously enforces federal civil rights laws throughout Western Washington. These laws prohibit discrimination, protect the constitutional rights of residents, and affirm equal opportunity for all.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office enforces civil rights through both civil litigation and criminal prosecution and, in all cases, represents the interests of the United States. Civil civil rights matters are coordinated in our district by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Fogg. Criminal civil rights matters are handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Miyake. Both can be reached through the complaint process described below.
For information about the civil rights laws we enforce, please click on the following links:
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- The Fair Housing Act (FHA)
- The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)
- The Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA) and other laws that prohibit discrimination in schools
- Title II of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, and national origin in places of public accommodation.
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and national origin by programs that receive federal financial assistance.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, and religion by state and local government employers.
- The anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which prohibits employment discrimination based on citizenship status and national origin.
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA)
- The Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
- The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)
- The Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA)
- The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and other laws that prohibit law enforcement misconduct.
- The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act
CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS
The U.S. Attorney’s Office welcomes information from the public that brings to our attention possible violations of our nation's civil rights laws.
Please be aware that while the scope of our civil rights practice is broad, our authority to investigate and seek relief for individual complaining parties for alleged civil rights violations is limited. We can only investigate and to seek to remedy alleged discriminatory conduct when authorized by a specific statute and in the manner proscribed by that statute. In some instances this means that we can only investigate and seek to remedy patterns of unlawful discriminatory conduct, not individual incidents. Additionally, many civil rights claims must be investigated first by another federal agency before being referred to us for litigation. Criminal civil rights matters are generally investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For more information about the limitations of our authority and/or required first steps, please use the links above regarding the specific type of claim you believe you may have. In the event of uncertainty, please contact us and we will be happy to help assess whether we can assist with your claim.
To file a complaint, please go to the Dept. of Justice How to File a Complaint website and follow the instructions.
Alternatively, you may file a complaint directly with our office. You do not need a special form to submit a complaint, but we recommend using the form below. You may also send any supporting documentation with your complaint.
To submit a complaint by email, complete and save the form above, then email it to:
To submit a complaint by mail, print and complete the form above, then mail it to:
Civil Rights Intake Specialist
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington
700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220
Seattle, WA 98101-1271
To submit a complaint by phone, call (206) 553-7970, and request to leave a voicemail in the Civil Rights Intake Voicemail Box.
Language interpretation and disability accommodations are available upon request.