Civil Rights


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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.

Recent cases handled by the Bureau have helped to promote voting rights, access to fair housing and lending opportunities, access to equal employment and educational opportunities and equal access for individuals with disabilities.  In addition, the Bureau has worked to combat immigration services fraud, discrimination and harassment in the workplace and police misconduct.  The Bureau seeks to lift barriers faced by persons based on sexual orientation, language ability and criminal conviction status.  The Bureau’s goal is to combat discrimination faced by all New Yorkers, particularly among the most vulnerable individuals in our state.

The Bureau engages in community outreach activities to educate the public about civil rights issues. If you believe that you are a victim of unlawful discrimination, you are encouraged to contact our office by downloading and completing the Bureau's online complaint form.

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