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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Institute

The Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) Institute provides high quality Department-wide training on issues at the intersection of homeland security and civil rights and civil liberties.

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Training at Fusion Centers

CRCL partners with the DHS Privacy Office and the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance in the development and delivery of civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy training for personnel at state and major urban area fusion centers. In support of this training mission, CRCL maintains a web portal for single point of access to the wide range of resources and training materials that address civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy.

Training and Support for DHS Personnel

The CRCL Institute offers a broad range of training courses and tools for DHS personnel, a sampling is below:

Asylum Seekers Overview

The Asylum Seekers Overview online and CD-ROM-based training gives Department law enforcement personnel essential information related to asylum seekers. The course serves as a resource to support the Department's commitment to securing America while providing established protections for asylum seekers

The First Three to Five Seconds

The "First Three to Five Seconds" course introduces law enforcement officers to basic principles of the Arab American and Muslim American cultures.

2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act

The 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act required federal agencies to make Constitution Day training available annually to all federal employees. This 25-minute tutorial is the Department's response. It reminds all Department employees of the historical context in which the Constitution was written, the basic framework of the Constitution, the protections of the Bill of Rights, and inspiring quotes from significant American leaders on the importance of the Constitution.

Common Muslim American Head Coverings and Common Sikh American Head Coverings Posters

The Common Muslim American Head Coverings and Common Sikh American Head Coverings posters provide guidance to Department personnel on the appropriate ways in which to screen and, if necessary, search Muslim or Sikh individuals wearing various types of religious head coverings.

Guidance Regarding the Use of Race for Law Enforcement Officers

The Guidance Regarding the Use of Race for Law Enforcement Officers course, about the Department of Justice (DOJ) racial profiling guidance, was produced by the U.S. Secret Service and reiterates the Department of Homeland Security's commitment to race neutrality in law enforcement activities.

Employment of People with Disabilities: A Roadmap to Success

The "Employment of People with Disabilities: A Roadmap to Success" training offers Department managers and supervisors strategies, techniques, and resources to enable them to successfully hire and manage employees with disabilities.

Countering Violent Extremism Training

The Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with the National Counterterrorism Center, hosts an inter-agency working group to bring together best practices in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) training. The group has prepared guidance for federal, state, and local government and law enforcement officials organizing CVE, cultural awareness, or counterterrorism training.

Read the CVE Guidance

Additionally, the courses below are available by contacting

Introduction to Arab American and Muslim American Cultures for DHS Personnel

This hour-long training DVD, released in the Fall of 2006, provides insights from four national and international experts, including an Assistant United States Attorney who is a practicing Muslim; a member of the National Security Council who is a practicing Muslim; a scholar of Islamic studies; and a civil rights attorney who advocates on issues of concern to Arab American and Muslim American communities. The training assists law enforcement officers and other Department personnel who interact with Arab and Muslim Americans as well as individuals from the Arab or Muslim world in carrying out their duties.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Supervisory Communications: Supporting the Cornerstone of Professionalism

This highly interactive CD-ROM-based training, designed in cooperation with CBP's Office of Training and Development, is targeted to all CBP managers and supervisors with an emphasis on the basic elements of professionalism, integrity, and communications with employees. A number of video scenarios help equip managers to earn respect from their employees by effectively demonstrating personal accountability, positive communications skills, coaching, teamwork, conflict resolution and stress management. CDs are available for Department employees only.

No FEAR Act Training (Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002)

This Act requires that employees receive information regarding their rights and remedies under federal antidiscrimination, whistleblower and retaliation laws. In 2005, in collaboration with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Homeland Security Chief Human Capital Officer, CRCL developed three web-based training lessons that summarize these employee rights and remedies.

E-Verify: Worker Rights and Employer Responsibilities Videos

E-VerifyUSCIS and CRCL co-produced educational videos for workers and employers to help ensure the fair and non-discriminatory use of E-Verify. Many employers use E-Verify, a federal government program that checks government databases, to confirm the accuracy of the information provided by new hires during completion of the Form I-9.

The Employee Rights and Responsibilities video emphasizes the rights of employees when employers use E-Verify. The video describes an employee’s right to contest and correct an initial mismatch without suffering any adverse job action, such as loss of pay or training, or termination or suspension. The video also provides important contact information for employees to obtain assistance and to file complaints alleging misuse or unlawful discrimination. This video is available in English and Spanish. An abbreviated English version is also now available.

The Employer Responsibilities and Workers Rights video, aimed at employers, makes clear the employer’s responsibility to use E-Verify properly and in a non-discriminatory manner. The video highlights best practices and areas where potential problems may arise, including the issuance and resolution of initial mismatches.

Contact Us

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 #0190
Washington, D.C. 20528-0190

Phone: 202-401-1474
Toll Free: 1-866-644-8360
TTY: 202-401-0470
Toll Free TTY: 1-866-644-8361
Fax: 202-401-4708

By e-mail:

Last Published Date: May 15, 2020

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