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Civil Rights

Civil rights are the non-political rights and freedoms that protect individuals from unwarranted action by government and private organizations and individuals and ensure one’s ability to participate in the civil and political life of the state without discrimination or repression. 

Current federal civil rights laws are composed of rules and laws from a wide variety of sources including but not limited to Title VI - Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Civil Rights Resources


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.  

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

                             (1)      mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

                             Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

                             1400 Independence Avenue, SW

                             Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

                             (2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; or

                             (3)      email: .

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.