United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

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The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is the institution within the federal government responsible for enforcing federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, and national origin. The Division was established on December 9, 1957, by order of Attorney General William P. Rogers, after the Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the office of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, who has since then headed the division.

Leadership[edit]

The head of the Civil Rights Division is an Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights (AAG-CR) appointed by the President of the United States. The current Acting AAG-CR is Jocelyn Samuels. She assumed that post when the previous incumbent Thomas E. Perez resigned following his confirmation as Secretary of Labor in July 2013.

Organization[edit]

  • Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
    • Appellate Section
    • Coordination and Review Section
    • Criminal Section
    • Disability Rights Section
    • Educational Opportunities Section
    • Employment Litigation Section
    • Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
    • Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices
    • Policy & Strategy Section
    • Special Litigation Section
    • Voting Section

Jurisdiction[edit]

The Division enforces

In addition, the Division prosecutes actions under several criminal civil rights statutes which were designed to preserve personal liberties and safety.

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