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The Department of Homeland Security 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.

DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Siteshttps://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/02/01/dhs...
02/01/2021
DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites

DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/02/01/dhs-statement-equal-access-covid-19-vaccines-and-vaccine-distribution-sites

DHS and its Federal government partners fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants. It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine.

Today is #WearBlueDay! We’re wearing blue to help raise awareness about human trafficking. Learn more about this crime: ...
01/11/2021

Today is #WearBlueDay! We’re wearing blue to help raise awareness about human trafficking.
Learn more about this crime: http://bit.ly/3nrfI64
Follow U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign

Today is #WearBlueDay! We’re wearing blue to help raise awareness about human trafficking.
Learn more about this crime: http://bit.ly/3nrfI64
Follow U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign

11/26/2019
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Check out our November newsletter!

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/crcl-newsletter-november-2019.pdf

Read about CRCL's recent activities in our July newsletter: http://www.dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.
07/31/2019
CRCL Newsletter

Read about CRCL's recent activities in our July newsletter: http://www.dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

Read about CRCL's recent activities in our June Newsletter: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/crcl-ne...
06/28/2019

Read about CRCL's recent activities in our June Newsletter:

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/crcl-newsletter-june-2019.pdf

04/29/2019
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Check out our April newsletter!
https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/crcl-newsletter-april-2019.pdf

See updates on recent activites in our CRCL March newsletter: http://www.dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.
03/25/2019
CRCL Newsletter

See updates on recent activites in our CRCL March newsletter: http://www.dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

01/30/2019

PLEASE NOTE: We have been notified by several individuals about scam phone calls that appear to come from CRCL's Hotline, 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.

03/01/2018
Homeland Security LIVE

Today marks our 15th anniversary at the Department of Homeland Security. Tune in today at 10 a.m. ET as we talk about our past, present, & future dhs.gov/live

Homeland Security LIVE for live-streaming video projects

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services joins with other U.S. government agencies and the global community on the Inte...
02/06/2018
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services joins with other U.S. government agencies and the global community on the International Day of Zero Tolerance to call for an end to Female Ge***al Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C).

We join other U.S. government agencies and the global community on the International Day of Zero Tolerance to call for an end to female ge***al mutilation or cutting (FGM/C). We stand together to recognize that FGM/C is a serious human rights abuse that can have a significant impact on women and girls’ health.
The CDC has estimated that more 500,000 women and girls in the United States are at risk of or have been subjected to FGM/C. Some women and girls are cut on U.S. soil. Others are sent abroad to undergo the procedure. The U.S. treats FGM/C as a serious crime and, when done to children, as a form of child abuse. People who commit this crime can face prison time and significant immigration consequences.
We work with local communities and others in the Department of Homeland Security to gather and share information and best practices to end FGM/C. We are also providing resources highlighting FGM/C-related assistance to women and girls who have undergone or are at risk of FGM/C.
If you have undergone FGM/C, or believe you or someone else may be at risk, please call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453), or 1-800-994-9662 for help.

01/23/2018

NOTICE: As of January 23, 2018, this social media account has returned to normal operation.

NOTICE: This social media account will not be actively managed during the lapse in federal funding. We will not be able ...
01/22/2018
Lapse in Federal Funding: Impact on DHS Web and Social Media Operations

NOTICE: This social media account will not be actively managed during the lapse in federal funding. We will not be able to respond or update until after funding is enacted. https://www.dhs.gov/blog/2018/01/22/lapse-federal-funding-impact-dhs-web-and-social-media-operations

AVISO: Esta cuenta no será administrada activamente durante la interrupción de fondos federales. No podremos responder ni actualizar la cuenta hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s website and social media networks will not be actively managed during the lapse in funding. This website was last updated on January 19, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to da...

CRCL Officer Cameron Quinn traveled to Detroit last month for meetings with local officials from U.S. Customs and Border...
01/19/2018

CRCL Officer Cameron Quinn traveled to Detroit last month for meetings with local officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Border Patrol. Officer Quinn met with leaders and organizers from the Chaldean American community, Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Officers Association - MELOA, and with families of individuals detained in the area. While there, she also toured the Ambassador Bridge (pictured below).

Today is #WearBlueDay! Learn more about how you can help to identify and combat human trafficking at: dhs.gov/bluecampai...
01/11/2018

Today is #WearBlueDay! Learn more about how you can help to identify and combat human trafficking at: dhs.gov/bluecampaign.

12/01/2017
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Check out our November newsletter:https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/crcl-newsletter-november-2017.pdf

CRCL held its quarterly community engagement roundtable in Chicago with one of the largest numbers of participants in re...
11/16/2017

CRCL held its quarterly community engagement roundtable in Chicago with one of the largest numbers of participants in recent years. There were presentations from academicians Dr. Robert Pape of the University of Chicago and Dr Bambade Shakoor-Abdullah of the Leadership Development Institute. Government and law enforcement officials attended from: Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Chicago Police Department, and the Schiller Park Police Department. For more information on CRCL's quarterly roundtables, contact: [email protected].

Statement from Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Yesterday's Terror Attack in New York
11/01/2017
Statement From Acting Secretary Of Homeland Security Elaine Duke On Yesterday’s Terror Attack In New York | Homeland Security

Statement from Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Yesterday's Terror Attack in New York

“On behalf of the men and women of DHS, I want to extend my condolences and prayers to everyone affected by the act of terror yesterday in New York City. Unfortunately, we have recently seen a rise in such senseless attacks across the globe and face a persistent terror threat here at home. DHS and o...

Check out CRCL's October newsletter: http://dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.
10/30/2017
CRCL Newsletter | Homeland Security

Check out CRCL's October newsletter: http://dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

10/07/2017

Dear Community Partners,

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (DHS CRCL) is hosting a national conference call with community members in the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Maria. We will address the federal government’s response and hear the communities’ concerns. Please join us for the conference call Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT.

Senior leadership from several federal government agencies will join us for this call. Information for the call is below:

Date: October 10, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM EDT

Call in information:
DDI number: 888-946-8384 (if calling from Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands use this number: 1-517-308-9294)

Guest Conference Pin: 1135706

Captioning Information:
http://www.fedrcc.us//Enter.aspx?EventID=3417258&CustomerID=321

A Spanish-language interpreter will be available for the call.

There are limited spaces available on the call. Should you have questions related to this call you may contact DHS CRCL’s Community Engagement Section at [email protected].

Thank you for your support and partnership.

Sincerely,

Cameron Quinn
Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Department of Homeland Security
http://www.dhs.gov/crcl

Estimados Colaboradores de la Comunidad,

La Oficina para Derechos y Libertades Civiles (CRCL por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional organizará una conferencia telefónica nacional con miembros de la comunidad que están en Estados Unidos continental, Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses afectadas por el huracán María. Abordaremos la respuesta del gobierno federal y escucharemos las preocupaciones de las comunidades. Por favor, únase a nosotros para la conferencia telefónica el martes 10 de octubre de 2017 a las 10:30 AM hora del este.

Los líderes de varias agencias del gobierno federal se unirán a nosotros en esta llamada. La información para la llamada es la siguiente:

Fecha: October 10, 2017
Hora: 10:30 AM EDT

Información para Conectarse a la Llamada:
Número DDI: 888-946-8384 (Si llama de Puerto Rico o las Islas Vírgenes use este número 1-517-308-9294)

Contraseña de Llamada de Conferencia para Invitados: 1135706 Información sobre Subtítulos:
http://www.fedrcc.us//Enter.aspx?EventID=3417259&CustomerID=321

Un intérprete en español estará disponible durante la llamada.

Los espacios de participación disponibles son limitados. Si tiene preguntas relacionadas con esta llamada, puede comunicarse con la Sección de Enlace Comunitario de DHS CRCL en [email protected].

Gracias por su apoyo y colaboración.

Sinceramente,

Cameron Quinn

Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Department of Homeland Security
http://www.dhs.gov/crcl

10/03/2017
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Reminds Eligible DACA Recipients to File Renewal Requests | Homeland Security

Eligible DACA recipients have until this Thursday, October 5 to properly file their renewal request and associated application for employment authorization to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Based on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) parameters for an orderly wind-down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, eligible DACA recipients have until this Thursday, October 5th to properly file their renewal request and associated application for employment author...

10/02/2017
DHS Statement on Las Vegas Shooting | Homeland Security

DHS Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke has been briefed on the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada last night. The Department is closely monitoring the situation and working with our federal, state and local partners in responding to and investigating this tragedy.

Check out CRCL's September newsletter: dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.
09/29/2017
CRCL Newsletter | Homeland Security

Check out CRCL's September newsletter: dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

09/07/2017
DHS Statement Regarding Safety and Enforcement During Hurricane Irma | Homeland Security

DHS Statement Regarding Safety and Enforcement During Hurricane Irma: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/06/dhs-statement-regarding-safety-and-enforcement-during-hurricane-irma-0

As Hurricane Irma approaches the United States and its territories, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) highest priorities – as they were with Hurricane Harvey – are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation...

08/25/2017
CBP on Twitter

CBP and ICE have issued a joint statement on evacuation and response during #HurricaneHarvey....

"In evacuation or response, we are committed to making sure that we can assist local authorities quickly, safely, and efficiently. Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters, or food banks."

“#HurricaneHarvey is approaching and #CBP's highest priorities are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities and safe evacuation.”

Statement by Acting Secretary Elaine Duke on violence in #Charlottesville
08/15/2017
Homeland Security on Twitter

Statement by Acting Secretary Elaine Duke on violence in #Charlottesville

“Statement by Acting Secretary Elaine Duke on violence in #Charlottesville”

Check out CRCL's July newsletter: http://dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.
07/31/2017
CRCL Newsletter | Homeland Security

Check out CRCL's July newsletter: http://dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

This week, CRCL’s Community Engagement Section hosted a group of college and law school student interns, coordinated by ...
07/12/2017

This week, CRCL’s Community Engagement Section hosted a group of college and law school student interns, coordinated by United Sikhs. CRCL gave an overview of its unique role within the Department’s mission and its robust community engagement program. This was followed by presentations from TSA Assistant Administrator Kimberly Walton and a representative from USCIS Public Engagement. Each presenter shared how their work includes safeguarding civil rights and civil liberties in their distinct mission areas, along with information about career opportunities within the Department.

Earlier this week, our Community Engagement team hosted its quarterly roundtable in Chicago with diverse community and f...
06/08/2017
Law enforcement, religious and community groups meet on terrorism

Earlier this week, our Community Engagement team hosted its quarterly roundtable in Chicago with diverse community and faith-based leaders, and all levels of law enforcement.

In Chicago Tuesday there was a meeting to try to identify and contain potential terror threats in the Chicago area which included law enforcement agencies along with community and religious organizations.

CRCL's May newsletter is hot off the press: http://dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.
05/30/2017
CRCL Newsletter | Homeland Security

CRCL's May newsletter is hot off the press: http://dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter.

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

Check out CRCL's April newsletter: https://www.dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter
05/01/2017
CRCL Newsletter | Homeland Security

Check out CRCL's April newsletter: https://www.dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

Today, at 11:00 AM EST, Secretary Kelly will discuss threats to America and the #DHSMission. Tune in at dhs.gov/live.
04/18/2017

Today, at 11:00 AM EST, Secretary Kelly will discuss threats to America and the #DHSMission. Tune in at dhs.gov/live.

Tomorrow, #SecretaryKelly discusses threats to America & the #DHSMission. Tune in at 11:00 AM EST → dhs.gov/live.

CRCL recently traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria to participate in a training workshop on best practices in community engagemen...
04/11/2017

CRCL recently traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria to participate in a training workshop on best practices in community engagement in support of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18. The Resolution focuses on positive measures countries can take to combat religious bias and intolerance that can restrict speech.

The workshop brought together government representatives, religious leaders, and members of civil society to discuss religious freedom, tolerance, and antidiscrimination.

Check out CRCL's March newsletter: https://www.dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter
03/31/2017
CRCL Newsletter | Homeland Security

Check out CRCL's March newsletter: https://www.dhs.gov/crcl-newsletter

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue ...
01/03/2017

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign to learn how you can help #endtrafficking.

By President Obama 's proclamation, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Everyone can #ActAgainstTrafficking and join in the important fight against this heinous crime. Learn the signs and help #endtrafficking: http://go.usa.gov/x9g84

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CRCL integrates civil rights and civil liberties into all of the Department activities: Promoting respect for civil rights and civil liberties in policy creation and implementation by advising Department leadership and personnel, and state and local partners. Communicating with individuals and communities whose civil rights and civil liberties may be affected by Department activities, informing them about policies and avenues of redress, and promoting appropriate attention within the Department to their experiences and concerns. Investigating and resolving civil rights and civil liberties complaints filed by the public regarding Department policies or activities, or actions taken by Department personnel. Leading the Department's equal employment opportunity programs and promoting workforce diversity and merit system principles.

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