Civil Rights Advocate

We are here to help.

We protect the civil rights of individuals belonging to a protected class, including those who may be discriminated against on the basis of their actual or perceived race; color; national origin; ancestry; sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions); sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; disability; age; citizenship or immigration status; genetic information; or status as a person living with AIDS/HIV, or person who is homeless. 

Whenever any person intentionally interferes or threatens to intentionally interfere, by physical force or violence against a person, by damage or destruction of property or by trespass on property, with the exercise or enjoyment of rights secured by federal or state law, the attorney general may bring a civil action for injunctive relief in order to protect the peaceable exercise or enjoyment of the rights secured.

Our Civil Rights Advocate can:

  • Investigate complaints
  • Bring civil enforcement actions for injunctive relief to protect individuals who have been subjected to bias-motivated actual or threatened violence, damage or destruction of property, or trespass on property

Civil Rights Violations

If a perpetrator interferes with a person’s constitutional rights (for example, the right to vote) or legal rights (for example, the right to be free from discrimination in housing, employment, or education) using physical force or violence, trespass, or damage or destruction of property, or threatens to do the same, our Office can bring a civil enforcement action. In these cases, the Office can seek an injunction to stop the unlawful conduct.