Department of Justice announces launch of civil rights reporting portal

Grand Rapids—The Department of Justice on June 25 announced the launch of the Civil Rights Reporting Portal.

 “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 portal – 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 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 the established civil rights hotline contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids will remain available 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 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 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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