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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Safeguarding civil rights and civil liberties is elemental to all the work we do at DHS.

  • DHS/ALL/PIA-011 State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative

    Pursuant to Section 511 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (the “9/11 Commission Act” or “the Act”), Public Law No. 110-53, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office is conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the Homeland Security State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative (the Initiative). Under the Initiative, DHS will facilitate appropriate, bi-directional information sharing between the Department and State, Local, and Regional Fusion Centers. In addition, the Department will assign trained intelligence analysts to fusion centers, provided those centers meet a number of criteria set forth in the text. The Act requires the Department to complete a concept of operations (CONOPS) for the Initiative, including a PIA. The CONOPS also includes a Civil Liberties Impact Assessment, conducted by the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

  • 2014 Fusion Center Assessment

    In July 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with its interagency partners, launched the 2014 Fusion Center Assessment (2014 Assessment). The repeatable annual assessment process is a critical element of a broader Fusion Center Performance Program (FCPP), which provides an objective basis to demonstrate the value of fusion centers in supporting national information sharing and homeland security outcomes. The FCPP represents the Department's on-going commitment to design and implement performance management processes that demonstrate measurable progress in enhancing domestic counterterrorism and information sharing capabilities.

  • CRCL Newsletter Issues

    Archived issues of the CRCL monthly newsletter.

  • Close Memo for Onsite Investigation at Stewart Detention Center, Lumpkin, Georgia

    CRCL received a report written by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia regarding immigration detention conditions at Georgia facilities, including Stewart Detention Center. The report raised concerns about conditions of detention at Stewart related to correctional operations, medical care, and mental health care. CRCL opened complaints based on the information in the report, and also based upon separate complaints received raising similar concerns.

  • CRCL Language Access Documents

    Documents regarding the draft Language Access Plans for DHS Components and Offices. These draft plans describe the efforts of individual Components to provide meaningful access to DHS programs and activities to persons who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) consistent with the requirements of Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (August 11, 2000) and the DHS Language Access Plan first issued in February 2012.

  • DHS No FEAR Act Quarterly Reports

    DHS equal employment opportunity quarterly data posted pursuant to the No Fear Act.

  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Completed Impact Assessments and Related Documents

    Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Completed Impact Assessments and Related Documents

  • Tips for Effectively Communicating with the Whole Community in Disasters

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners remain in close coordination with state, local, and tribal governments to coordinate and provide resources as needed in connection with preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation associated with Hurricane Harvey impacting Texas and Louisiana.

  • DHS Complaint Avenues Guidance

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has many avenues for the public to make complaints involving DHS employees or programs, alleged violations of civil rights and civil liberties, immigration filing, travel redress, and other types of grievances. This guide brings together information about these avenues.

  • CRCL Reports - Documents

    Read reports from the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL): about the Office, our review of Department initiatives, and our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Diversity program.