Civil rights and civil liberties are the rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, Federal statutes, and regulations, including freedom from discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information, freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, due process of law, appropriate conditions of confinement, and protection from excessive force, unreasonable searches and seizures, and unlawful intrusions into personal privacy.
The invidious use of race or ethnicity as a criterion in conducting stops, searches, inspections, and other law enforcement activities based on the erroneous assumption that a person of one race or ethnicity is more likely to commit a crime than a person of another race or ethnicity.
Pursuant to DHS policy, civil rights and civil liberties complaints from the general public may be investigated by the Office of Inspector General, DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, or the DHS component where the complaint arose. These complaints may include allegations of racial, ethnic, or religious profiling; disability discrimination; discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Employees who are found to have engaged in racial profiling or who are found to have violated the civil rights or civil liberties of someone they come into contact with as part of the job are subject to disciplinary action.
If you observe such a violation, you should report the alleged misconduct to the Joint Intake Center at 1-877-2INTAKE or Joint.Intake@dhs.gov; the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Professional Responsibility; or the Office of Inspector General at 1-800-323-8603 or DHSOIGHOTLINE@dhs.gov.
If a member of the public reports a violation to you, you should refer them to these numbers and recommend that the person make a report.