U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Civil Rights (Oficina de Derechos Civiles)

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) ensures that recipients of financial assistance from OJP and its components comply with federal laws that prohibit discrimination in both employment and the delivery of services or benefits based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, and disability. In addition, federal law prohibits recipients of federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of age in the delivery of services or benefits. For more information on the civil rights obligations of OJP recipients, please click here.

OCR also ensures that recipients of financial assistance from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) comply with applicable federal civil rights laws. In addition to federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, and disability in OVW-funded programs, recipients of financial assistance from OVW are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, either in employment or in the delivery of services of benefits. For more information on discrimination prohibited in OVW-funded programs, please click here.

Employees and beneficiaries of programs funded by OJP, COPS, or OVW, including applicants for employment or services, who believe that they have experienced unlawful discrimination may file a complaint with OCR. For more information on filing a civil rights complaint with OCR, please click here.

A selection of OCR's recent investigative findings is available here.

Contacts

Director: Michael Alston
OCR Main Line: 202-307-0690
Fax: 202-354-4380
TDD/TTY: 202-307-2027
OCR E-mail: askOCR@ojp.usdoj.gov

Resources

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