Office for Civil Rights


The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary on civil rights matter. The Office directs, coordinates, and recommends policy for activities. The Office for Civil Rights is under the supervision of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights who reports to the Secretary and Under Secretary.

Learn more about the Office for Civil Rights.

Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary

Office of Civil Rights Headquarters

Office of Civil Rights Metro Region

View the Office for Civil Rights organization chart.

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Filing a Complaint

File a civil rights, conscience, religious freedom, or health information privacy complaint.

NOTE: In accordance with the Office for Personnel Management’s and CDC’s guidelines on COVID 19, HHS personnel are teleworking. OCR is committed to handling your complaint as quickly as possible. However, for faster processing, we strongly encourage you to use the OCR online portal to file complaints rather than filing via mail, as our personnel on site is limited.

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Office for Civil Rights

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is a sub-agency of the U.S. Department of Education that is primarily focused on enforcing civil rights laws prohibiting schools from engaging in discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or membership in patriotic youth organizations.

OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation’s schools.

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