United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Law and Legal Definition

The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is a federal institution that enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, and national origin. Since civil rights acts prohibit discrimination in education, employment, credit, housing, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and certain federally funded and conducted programs, the Civil Rights Division enforces civil rights acts. The Division enforces the following Civil Rights Acts; the Voting Rights Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act; the National Voter Registration Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, and additional civil rights provisions contained in other laws and regulations.