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These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of discrimination cases. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California
39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, California 94111
Phone: 415-621-2493
This organization provides excellent information on civil rights and occasionally provides attorneys in cases raising significant issues.

Office of the Attorney General (California Department of Justice): Civil Rights Section
Attorney General's Office California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
(916) 322-3360 or (Toll-free in California) (800) 952-5225
The Civil Rights Enforcement Section identifies and prosecutes civil rights violations. 

United States Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division
202-514-4609 (voice)
202-514-0716 (TDD)
The Civil Rights Division is the primary institution within the federal government responsible for enforcing federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, and national origin. Issues include Americans with Disabilities Act violations, Section 508, educational discrimination, employment discrimination, complaints against institutions (jails, prisons, juvenile facilities, developmental disability/mental retardation facilities, mental health facilities or nursing homes) , Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) and Places of Worship (RLUIPA) act violations, national origin discrimination, and voting rights discrimination.

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Government and Police Claims
If your complaint is against a government agency or law enforcement, you will need to file a claim with the agency before filing a lawsuit. Find commonly-requested claims forms here.

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Everyday Law and Ask the County Law Librarian articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues.


The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.