Civil Rights and Civil Liberties FAQs
Where may members of the public file a complaint involving alleged civil rights and civil liberties abuses?
- Discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability;
- Violation of rights while in immigration detention or as a subject of immigration enforcement;
- Discrimination or inappropriate questioning related to entry into the United States;
- Violation of due process rights, such as the right to timely notice of charges or access to a lawyer;
- Violation of confidentiality provisions of the Violence Against Women Act;
- Physical abuse or any other type of abuse;
- Denial of meaningful access to DHS or DHS-supported programs, activities, or services due to limited English proficiency; and
- Any other civil rights, civil liberties, or human rights violation related to a Department program or activity, including allegations of discrimination by an organization or program that receives financial assistance from DHS.
- Submitting a Civil Rights Complaint at http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/crcl-complaint-submission-form-english.pdf.
- Sending an e-mail message to CRCL@dhs.gov;
- Faxing to (202) 401-1474 or 1-866-644-8360 (toll free); or
- Writing to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Compliance Branch, 2707 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE, Mail Stop #0190, Washington, DC 20528-0190.