Office for Civil Rights
Civil Rights on the Basis of Race, Color, or National Origin
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is responsible for enforcing the nondiscrimination requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) it applies to covered entities under the jurisdiction of OCR. This jurisdiction includes entities that conduct programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (see the list of examples of such entities below).
Title VI protects persons from discrimination based on their race, color, or national origin in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance. There are many forms of illegal discrimination based on race, color, or national origin that frequently limit the opportunities of minorities to gain equal access to services. A recipient of Federal financial assistance may not, based on race, color, or national origin:
45 CFR Part 80: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
Also see Section 1808 of the Small Business Job Protection Act, which prohibits discrimination in adoptive or foster care placements on the basis of race, color or national origin.
Examples of Civil Rights Complaint Resolutions:
Examples of Covered Entities
Some of the institutions, programs and service providers that may receive funds from the DHHS are:
Resources for Covered Entities and Advocates
Additional Federal Resources
Last revised: September 2, 2008