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The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), disability, religion, familial status, national origin, and citizenship status.
The Division's Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) serves as in-house legal counsel to CRT and is responsible for advising and representing CRT/DOJ in a variety of areas, including Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) appeals, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) requests, and oversight (audits and investigations) by Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (DOJ OIG).