Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division
Contact: (202) 514-4609
URL: http://www.justice.gov/crt/

The Civil Rights Division is committed to upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes designed to protect the civil rights of all individuals and prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, and national origin. Established in 1957, the Division has grown in size and scope over the decades, and has been instrumental in many of our nation’s battles to advance civil rights, from the desegregation of our nation’s schools to the prosecution of hate crimes, from ensuring girls and women have equal opportunities in schools and the workplace to guaranteeing that individuals with disabilities can access civil services to which we all have a right.


Department of Justice: National Security Division
Contact: (202) 514-1057
URL: http://www.justice.gov/nsd/

The National Security Division (NSD) was created in March 2006 by the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization and Improvement Act (Pub. L. No. 109-177). The creation of the NSD consolidated the Justice Department’s primary national security operations: the former Office of Intelligence Policy and Review and the Counterterrorism and Counterespionage Sections of the Criminal Division. The new Office of Law and Policy and the Executive Office, as well as the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (which previously operated out of the Criminal Division) complete the NSD. The NSD commenced operations in September 2006 upon the swearing in of the first Assistant Attorney General for National Security.


Department of Justice: Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section
Contact: (202) 616-2492
URL: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/hrsp/
Tips on U.S. Human Rights Violators:

Information on How to Report a Violator:http://www.justice.gov/criminal/hrsp/about/report-violator.html

The Department of Justice created the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) in March 2010 by combining two successful Criminal Division units, the Domestic Security Section (DSS) and the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), to enhance federal law enforcement efforts in the areas of human rights, international violent crime, and complex immigration crimes. The merger reflects the Department’s deep commitment to prosecuting human rights violations and war crimes, both as a domestic law enforcement imperative and as a contribution to the global effort directed at ending impunity for war criminals and human rights violators.


Department of Justice: Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training

Contact: (202) 514-1323 URL: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/opdat/

OPDAT was created in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in 1991 in response to the growing threat of international crime. OPDAT’s mission is to assist prosecutors and judicial personnel in other countries develop and sustain effective criminal justice institutions. OPDAT recognizes that international cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of criminals and organized crime groups is central to countering international crime at its source; and that the efficient and fair administration of justice offers the greatest protection from lawlessness and support for basic human rights.

OPDAT provides an array of technical assistance and training in these areas:

  1. Criminal procedure code reform
  2. Criminal justice sector infrastructure reform
  3. Task force development
  4. Streamlining of the judicial process
  5. Organization and management of prosecutorial function
  6. Case management
  7. Capacity-building of foreign prosecutors, investigators, and judges
  8. Promotion of rule of law and regard for human rights
  9. Substantive Reform
  10. Counterterrorism
  11. Human Trafficking & Child Exploitation
  12. Organized Crime
  13. Anti-corruption
  14. Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture
  15. Computer and Intellectual Property Crimes
  16. Counter-Narcotics

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