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CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION HIGHLIGHTS

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging that the owners and manager of three Edmonds, Washington apartment buildings refused to rent their apartments to families with children, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

A Minnesota man was sentenced to six months in prison and one year of supervised release for making telephonic threats to two medical clinics that provide reproductive health services.

The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

A Florida man sentenced for sex trafficking by force, fraud, and interstate prostitution.

Two Kansas men were sentenced for their roles in Federal hate crimes against black Somali men.

The Department of Justice and the Department of Education withdrew guidance for educational institutions, issued in 2015 and 2016, that took the position that the prohibitions in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and implementing regulations against discrimination on the basis of sex require access to sex-segregated facilities on the basis of gender identity rather than biological sex.

A former West Virginia Correctional Officer was charged in a three-count indictment with violating the rights of two pretrial detainees at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail (TVRJ) and obstructing justice.

The Justice Department announced a settlement with the city of Sterling Heights, Michigan to resolve allegations that the city violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) in denying approval to allow the American Islamic Community Center, Inc. (AICC) to build a mosque in the city.

An Idaho man was arrested on a two-count federal indictment in the District of Idaho charging him with destruction of religious property and using a fire to damage or destroy religious property.

A Tennessee man was convicted of soliciting another person to violate federal civil rights laws by burning down a mosque in Islamberg, a hamlet outside Hancock, New York.

A former Oklahoma jail superintendent and assistant jail superintendent of the Muskogee County Jail (MCJ) were resentenced in federal court on multiple counts of civil rights offenses related to allegations of excessive force on inmates at MCJ on or between August 2009 and May 2011.