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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.  The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department's mission to secure the nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.


We have been notified by several individuals about scam phone calls that appear to come from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Hotline (CRCL), which is 202-401-1474.  The callers claim to be from an office within DHS and make false statements to gather personal information.  In some instances these callers have been hostile and threaten to call the police if the individuals contacted do not comply.  These calls are not legitimate.  If you receive a call from this number, do not answer it, and do not provide any information if you do.  You can report any incidents to your local law enforcement office.  
Please know that calls into our hotline remain unaffected and that we continue to receive and process information.

Last Published Date: June 11, 2020

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May 12

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a long-standing history of engagement with diverse ethnic and faith-based communities, including Muslim communities. In recognition of Ramadan, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas joined a virtual roundtable discussion with leaders within the Muslim community, including national and local advocacy and social service organizations.

Apr 9

The Biden-Harris Administration submitted to Congress the President’s priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending.  The budget invests in key DHS missions, including repairing a broken immigration system, better managing the border with advanced technology, protecting civil rights, and bolstering cyber defenses and resilience.

Mar 24

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making $20 million available through the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program to help communities across our country develop innovative capabilities to combat terrorism and targeted violence.

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