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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Overview


The Department of Homeland Security integrates civil rights and civil liberties protections into all department activities.

Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly on Alleged Hate-Inspired Attacks

Over the past few weeks, our country has seen an unacceptable and disturbing rise in the number of apparent hate-inspired attacks and harassment against individuals and communities. I strongly condemn any violent acts to perpetuate fear and intimidation not only against individuals, but entire communities. I pledge the full support of the Department of Homeland Security to assist local, state, and federal investigations into these incidents.

Promoting Dialogue and Protecting Religious Freedoms

Today I was honored to participate in a special event hosted by the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which brought together a diverse group of federal government officials, community and faith-based leaders, and advocacy groups to talk about an issue that impacts far too many people in our nation: religious discrimination. 

CRCL Newsletter

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

DHS Releases Component Draft Language Access Plans for Public Comment

Being able to communicate efficiently and effectively is critical to the Department of Homeland Security’s diverse missions. Today, I am pleased to announce the release of draft Language Access Plans from the Department’s component agencies, which address the language needs of persons with limited English proficiency.

Language Access at the Department of Homeland Security

Language Access

DHS recognizes the importance of being able to communicate effectively with individuals, including those with limited English proficiency (LEP), across our many missions and functions.


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