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June 21, 2021
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) launched a Spanish-language version of its website: The site provides information in Spanish on the agency’s work and resources for community leaders, government officials, law enforcement, educational organizations, and other stakeholders to understand the services CRS offers.
CRS serves as a resource for communities in conflict by mediating disputes and enhancing community capacity to independently prevent and resolve conflicts. CRS is the only federal agency dedicated to working with community groups to resolve community conflicts and prevent and respond to alleged hate crimes arising from differences of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.
More than 500 anti-Hispanic or anti-Latino hate crimes were reported in 2019, according to the FBI, a 23% increase since 2017.
“This Spanish-language version of CRS’s website will provide another way for us to connect with community members and provide needed services,” said Gerri Ratliff, Acting Director of CRS. “Tensions, bias incidents, and hate crimes continue to be a concern for Hispanic and Latino communities. Providing stakeholders with information about CRS services in their preferred language is a crucial step in making our work supporting these communities effective.”
The Spanish-language version of the website includes information about CRS, its services, and how to contact each of its offices serving all 50 states and U.S. territories.
The website is available at
En Español 
Community Relations Service
The Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Honors Contributions of African-Americans to the Armed Forces During Black History Month
February 26, 2021
Each year, Black History Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on and appreciate the contributions that African-Americans have made in all aspects of our Nation’s history, including within the armed services. Many have valiantly volunteered their lives to protect the freedoms of the citizens of a country that has not always provided them with those same freedoms. African-Americans have contributed to military life throughout the entirety of American history, serving in every conflict since the Nation’s inception. As of 2015, African-Americans made up 17% of active duty military members, more than their 13% share of the U.S. population. Many consider the first casualty of the Revolutionary War to be Crispus Attucks, a Black man shot during the Boston Massacre while protesting British oppression. During the Civil War, Harriet Tubman served as a spy for the Union Army and led troops in combat, in addition to her role helping hundreds escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. And, most recently, on January 22, 2021, Secretary Lloyd Austin became the first African-American to lead the Department of Defense.
The Justice Department Commemorates the Anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C.
June 22, 2021
22 years ago today, the Supreme Court decided Olmstead v. L.C. , a landmark decision on the rights of people with disabilities.
Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Pride Month 2021 Statement
June 25, 2021
In recognition of Pride Month, the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative (SVI) of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division recognizes the contributions and sacrifices the LGBTQI+ community has made in service to the United States through its Armed Forces. These Americans have faced historic and significant barriers to serving openly in our military, yet they currently serve at rates greater than their share of the U.S. population. [1] [1] Rand - 2015 Health Related Behaviors Survey Sexual Orientation, Transgender Identity, and Health Among U.S. Active-Duty Service Members -
Department of Justice Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision Protecting the Rights of Americans with Disabilities
June 19, 2019
Twenty years ago this week, the Supreme Court issued the groundbreaking decision in Olmstead v. L.C. , holding that unjustified segregation of people with disabilities in institutions is a form of unlawful discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This decision led to the development of new opportunities for individuals with disabilities to live and work in their communities. To enforce the holding of Olmstead , the Department of Justice has addressed the unnecessary segregation of people with physical, mental health, or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in various residential and non-residential settings, nationwide. Nearly 50,000 people benefit from statewide settlements giving them the opportunity to receive health, residential, employment, and day services in their communities and, where appropriate and consistent with their informed decision, to leave, or avoid entering, segregated institutions.
Updated June 22, 2021
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