Know Your Rights
The Civil Rights Division enforces civil rights laws in a wide variety of contexts. You may use the information on this page to find the appropriate way to submit a complaint or report of a potential civil rights violation. If you are not sure which Section is the appropriate one to receive your complaint, you may contact the Civil Rights Division at (888) 736-5551 or (202) 514-3847.
Do you have trouble with English? Are you unable to speak, read, write, or understand English well? If so, you are Limited English Proficient (LEP). Federal agencies and organizations that get money from the federal government have to take reasonable steps to help people who have trouble with English. Sometimes, when a government agency or an organization does not help you because you are LEP, they violate the law. This is called National Origin Discrimination.
Immigration law has a number of highly technical terms that may not mean the same thing to the average reader. USCIS.gov provides a glossary of immigration terms and acronyms.