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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: October 22, 2021

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Jan 6

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working with its federal, state, local, and non-governmental partners to support the needs of the areas affected by the devastating wildfires in Colorado.

Sep 20

On Friday, September 17, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and members of the DHS Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Task Force met with leaders of the AANHPI community to reiterate the Department’s commitment to racial equity and civil rights and civil liberties.  

Sep 13

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is closely monitoring the potential impact of Tropical Storm Nicholas. Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety.

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