Office of the Civil Rights Advocate

The duties and responsibilities of the Civil Rights Advocate include: training and education, reviewing complaints, conducting investigations and bringing civil actions under the statute.

To file suit, the statute requires use of force or violence, property damage or the threat thereof, which interferes with Federal or State constitutional or statutory rights. If such facts and circumstances are present, the Attorney General may bring a civil action in the name of the State on behalf of the person(s) aggrieved, seeking an injunction, monetary penalty up to $5,000 and other appropriate relief.