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The term "civil rights" may be defined as the rights, privileges, and immunities guaranteed to all citizens of the United States by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution and by certain acts of Congress. Several agencies which assist individuals with civil rights are listed below.

The California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General takes direct actions on behalf of persons whose civil rights have been violated or denied; enforces various state laws protecting civil rights, including discrimination of the disabled in public accommodation.

Office of the Attorney General
Public Inquiry Unit
1300 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(800) 952-5225 (CA Callers)
(916) 322-3360 (Out of State)
(916) 323-5341 Fax
(800) 952-5548 (TDD in CA)
(916) 327-5564 (TDD Out of State)

The Commission on Civil Rights provides fact sheets, booklets, and other information to assist consumer.

Commission on Civil Rights
624 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20425
(800) 552-6843
(202) 376-8513

Western Regional Office
300 N. Los Angeles Street, Suite 4333
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 894-3437
(213) 894-3435 TTY

The Civil Rights Office investigates complaints (prefer information in writing) about civil rights issues but is not a legal organization.

Civil Rights Office
1121 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20507
Complaint Referral Service
(202) 376-8513
(800) 552-6843
(800) 877-8339 TTY Email

The US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division on Americans With Disabilities Act is a Federal agency with jurisdiction over all states relative to civil rights for disabled Americans.

US Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section-NYA
Washington, DC 20530
(202) 307-0663
(202) 307-1197 Fax
(800) 514-0383 TTY

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which investigates discrimination, harassment, or violation of rights of the elderly, minors, and minorities, gender-based or racial issues, sexual orientation issues to protect individual liberties.

1616 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 977-9500

The California Department of Rehabilitation Enforces the American Disabilities Act, providing civil rights for persons with disabilities relative to employment, public sector services, private sector services, and telecommunications.

California Department of Rehabilitation
830 K Street Mall
PO Box 944222
Sacramento, CA 94244-2220
(916) 322-0251

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission prohibits discrimination in employment, including handicapped individuals.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
255 E Temple, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 894-1000

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
3555 3rd Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 733-0430

The California Department of Education, Equal Opportunity handles Civil rights relative to discrimination in education based on religion, race, national origin, age, sex, physical disability, or psychological factors. (kindergarten - 12th grade only)

California Department of Education
Equal Opportunity
721 Capitol Mall, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 657-4562

The Disabilities Rights Center, Inc. protects and advocates for the rights of individuals with developmental abilities, mental illness and other severe disabilities through legal representation.

Disabilities Rights Center, Inc.
3660 18 Low Ave
Concord, NH 03301-3360
(603) 228-0432

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the law which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1801 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20507
(202) 663-4900
(800) 669-3362 Publications
(800) 669-4000 Filing a complaint

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development disburse HUD and FHA handbooks.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102-3448
(415) 436-8400
(800) 347-3739
(Local HUD office for discrimination only)
(800) 767-7468
(Handbook explaining HUD and FHA)

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing handles employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, (over 40), disability, medical condition, or marital status. Such discrimination includes harassment, pregnancy, leave, family or medical leave, and accommodation to disabilities.

Department of Fair Employment and Housing
Sacramento District Office
2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(800) 884-1684
(916) 478-7230

For Housing Discrimination-only for all of California:
(800) 233-3212 (California)
(510) 622-2945 (out of state callers)

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