Civil Rights Division National Origin Working Group

Initiative to Combat Post-Terrorism Discrimination

U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division

25 September 2001

The Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights has directed the Civil Rights Division's National Origin Working Group to help combat violations of federal civil and criminal rights laws affecting individuals perceived to be of Middle Eastern descent.

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, incidents of bias, including hate crimes, assaults and vandalism against individuals perceived to be of Middle Eastern origin have been on the rise. These incidents are targeted primarily at Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, Sikh Americans and South Asian Americans.

The Working Group will seek to combat discrimination by: (1) receiving reports of violations based on national origin, citizenship status and religion, including those related to housing, education, employment, access to government services, and law enforcement, and referring them to the appropriate federal authorities; (2) conducting outreach to vulnerable communities to provide them with information about Department of Justice services and connect them with other government agencies that can assist them; and (3) working with other Department of Justice components and other governmental agencies to ensure accurate referral, effective outreach and provision of services to victims of civil rights violations.

Please review the brochure listed below for more information about federal laws prohibiting national origin discrimination, and for contact information to file complaints (Portable Document Format (PDF) files may be viewed with a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader

"Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination": available in Arabic.

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