Civil Rights


Attorney General James Announces Election Day Hotline To Protect Voter Access During Tuesday's Special And Primary Elections

The Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office works to promote equal justice under law and seeks to enforce the civil rights of all New Yorkers. The Bureau enforces laws that protect all New Yorkers from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, source of income or disability. Using federal, state, and local civil rights laws, such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other landmark laws, the Bureau investigates and prosecutes discrimination in a variety of areas where there has been a policy or practice of violations.

The Bureau’s goal is to combat discrimination faced by all New Yorkers, particularly among the most vulnerable individuals in our state. Recent cases handled by the Bureau have helped to promote voting rights, access to fair housing and lending opportunities, and access to educational opportunities. The Bureau has also worked to combat discrimination and harassment in the workplace, address police misconduct, and fight hate crimes. During each election, the Bureau operates a statewide hotline to help voters troubleshoot any issues they are experiencing. For more information, visit our hotline and voter resources.

To report unlawful discrimination that reflects a policy or practice of discrimination, please fill out an online complaint form. If you need the form mailed to you, please call (212) 416-8250. A hard-copy completed form can be mailed to the Bureau, emailed to or faxed to (212) 416-6030.