DHS has achieved results for civil rights and civil liberties by:
- Providing advice and support for integration of civil rights and civil liberties protections into the Department’s immigration-related activities and policies
- Ensuring that the Department complies with Constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and other requirements relating to civil rights and civil liberties. CRCL does this by assessing the impact of DHS policies and activities, training DHS personnel, and engaging with diverse communities
- Leading the Department’s efforts to implement proactive and effective programs for equal employment opportunity and diversity
- Providing policy advice and training throughout the Department
- Privacy officials at 68 of the 78 fusion centers have received training, continued technical assistance and support. More than 1,000 fusion center staff and liaison officers have been trained since 2009.
- Strong privacy and civil rights and civil liberties standards have been incorporated into agency cyber security programs and initiatives. DHS provides specific training on the protection of privacy and civil liberties as they relate to computer network security activities to its personnel.
NOTE: Not all of the documents in this section are fully Section 508 compliant. If you have difficulties accessing a file or need assistance, please contact CRCL at 202-401-1474.
Guidance Documents/Policy Statements
No FEAR Act Report
The No FEAR Act Report includes specific information regarding the Department's EEO complaints activity and resulting disciplinary actions, Judgment Fund reimbursements, adjustments to agency budgets to meet reimbursement requirements, as well as an analysis of trends, causation, and practical knowledge gained through experience.
EEOC MD-715 Annual Federal EEO Statistical Report of Discrimination Complaints
These reports include information regarding the Department’s work to create effective equal employment opportunity programs for employees as required by Title VII and the Rehabilitation Act.
Affirmative Action Plan for the Recruitment, Hiring, Advancement, and Retention of Persons with Disabilities
This plan captures the Department's affirmative action plan for persons with disabilities and persons with targeted disabilities, EEOC regulations (29 C.F.R. § 1614.203(e)) and MD-715 require agencies to describe how their affirmative action plan will improve the recruitment, hiring, advancement, and retention of applicants and employees with disabilities. Each agency shall make the information submitted to the Commission pursuant to paragraph (e)(1) of this section available to the public by, at a minimum, posting a copy of the submission on its public Web site and providing a means by which members of the public may request copies of the submission in accessible formats.
- Affirmative Action Plans for the Recruitment, Hiring, Advancement, and Retention of Persons with Disabilities
EEOC 462 Annual Federal EEO Statistical Report of Discrimination Complaints
DHS Annual Performance Report on Executive Agency Actions to Assist Minority Serving Institutions
This annual report is developed pursuant to Executive Orders 13515, 13532, 13555 and 13592. These executive orders advance equal opportunity in higher education, strengthen the capacity of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to provide the highest quality education, increase opportunities for these institutions to participate in and benefit from federal programs, and ensure that the nation has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020. For the purpose of this report, MSIs specifically refer to Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).
- DHS FY 2013 Annual Performance Report on Executive Agency Actions to Assist Minority Serving Institutions
- DHS FY 2012 Annual Performance Report on Executive Agency Actions to Assist Minority Serving Institutions
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Report
This report includes information on the Department’s work to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities, pursuant to Executive Order 13256.
Tribal Colleges and Universities Report
This report includes information on the Department’s work to assist Tribal Colleges and Universities, pursuant to Executive Order 13270.
Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Report
This report includes information about the Department’s efforts to recruit, hire, and train a diverse workforce, including minorities and women. These findings are currently tracked by the DHS Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer.
Disabled Veterans’ Affirmative Action Accomplishment Report
These reports include information about the Department’s efforts to recruit, hire, and train disabled veterans. These findings are currently tracked by the DHS Office of the Chief Human Capital Office.
Interagency Coordinating Council Reports
The Interagency Coordinating Council is currently led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
CRCL reviews and investigates civil rights and civil liberties complaints and alleged abuses filed by the public regarding DHS policies and activities. These allegations involve a range of alleged civil rights and abuses, including violation of rights while in immigration detention or as a subject of immigration enforcement. CRCL issues recommendations to the relevant DHS Component aimed at addressing any civil rights and civil liberties concerns identified as part of its investigation. Redacted memos and other documents related to these investigations can be found online:
Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2707 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE
Mail Stop #0190
Washington, DC 20528-0190
Phone: 202-401-1474 | 1-866-644-8360 (toll free)
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