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Civil Rights

Burned out car

Hate-fueled crimes are not just a thing
of the past.

And that’s why—as the lead agency for enforcing federal civil rights laws—the FBI remains dedicated to protecting the cherished freedoms of all Americans. That includes aggressively investigating and working to prevent hate crime, “color of law” abuses by public officials, human trafficking and involuntary servitude, and freedom of access to clinic entrances violations—the four top priorities of our civil rights program. We also support the work and cases of our local and state partners as needed.

In Depth

Priority Issues
- Hate Crime
- Human Trafficking/Involuntary Servitude
- “Color of Law” Abuses
- Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances

Cases & Initiatives
- Civil Rights Cold Case Initiative
- Cross Burnings in 21st Century
- More

Report Civil Rights Violations
- File a Report with Your Local FBI Office
- File a Report on Our Internet Tip Line

More Resources
- FBI Victim Assistance
- Federal Civil Rights Statutes
U.S. Attorneys’ Briefing Room
- U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
- U.S. Dept. of Justice Fair Housing Initiative



Freedom Riders Bus Set on Fire in Alabama on May 14, 1961

And Justice For All
Read about our civil rights work over the years, including during the difficult days of the 1950s and 1960s, in our centennial history book.


Visits to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are routine aspects of new agent training at the FBI. Details
MLK Memorial Cropped (NPS Photo)