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

Michael L. Alston, Director
Office for Civil Rights

Michael Alston is the Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and is responsible for ensuring that recipients of financial assistance from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) do not discriminate against individuals in the delivery of services or benefits based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or age. Major initiatives within the OCR include a nationwide effort to ensure that law enforcement agencies that receive OJP funding have appropriate language assistance policies and procedures in place to provide meaningful access to their programs and services to individuals who, due to their national origin, are limited in their ability to read, write or understand English.

Prior to joining OJP, Mr. Alston was a trial attorney and later an attorney-advisor in the District of Columbia Office of the Corporation Counsel (now District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General). He earned his Jurist Doctorate degree from the American University Washington College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University.

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