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Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Division

The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Diversity Division directs the Department's EEO and Diversity policies, products, and services to optimize the effectiveness of the Department's personnel and operations. Our work is focused on examining barriers to employment and advancement in order to create an environment that is welcoming to all individuals. The Division is responsible for:

  • Adjudicating EEO complaints for all DHS Components; developing and monitoring EEO and diversity program policies, plans, and guidance; 
  • Delivering training, conducting oversight, and administering EEO and diversity programs for DHS Headquarters and its 6,970 employees, and
  • Preparing and submitting a variety of annual progress reports relating to the Department’s diversity and EEO activities.

We strive to ensure that all employees and applicants for employment enjoy equality of opportunity and employment decisions free from unlawful discrimination based on color, national origin, sex, age, physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, or reprisal based on prior EEO protected activity.

EEO and Diversity's Complaints Management and Adjudication Section leads the processing of the Department's EEO complaints. The Section prepares final actions on all formal EEO complaints filed by DHS employees, former employees, and applicants for employment who allege discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Executive Orders prohibiting discrimination on the bases of parental status and sexual orientation.

The Diversity Management Section provides leadership, guidance, and technical assistance to DHS Components on the Department’s EEO and diversity initiatives, consistent with federal laws, regulations, executive orders, and management directives. Specifically, DMS prepares EEO and diversity policy guidance for Department personnel, supports special emphasis programs that increase awareness of diversity issues throughout the Department, and conducts workforce trend analysis, including Department-wide workforce data tables to identify anomalies that may be tied to EEO or diversity issues.

The Headquarters EEO Office supports all DHS Headquarters employees by enforcing compliance with the EEO laws, regulations, and mandates, guidance to Headquarters management officials and employees on EEO and diversity; preventing and addressing unlawful employment discrimination; and ensuring that all Headquarters employees have a working environment that will support them in the fulfillment of the mission to protect the homeland.

By Mail or Phone

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2707 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE 
Mail Stop #0191
Washington, DC 20528-0191

Phone: 202-357-7705
Toll Free: 1-866-644-8360
TTY: 1-866-644-8361
Fax: 202-357-1198

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Last Updated: 12/19/2022
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