Justice Department Resolves Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against Housing Authority of New Orleans Properties

The Department of Justice announced that the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) and seven private developers have agreed to pay $250,000 to settle claims that they violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to design and construct eight multifamily residential properties and associated places of public accommodation so that they are accessible to persons with disabilities.


Justice Department Finds Minnesota Department of Corrections Violates Rights of Incarcerated Individuals with Disabilities

On Sept. 30, 2022, the Justice Department found that the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC) violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying incarcerated individuals with disabilities enrolled in its General Educational Development (GED) program opportunities to apply for and receive needed modifications on the GED exam.


Former Alabama Police Chief Indicted for Excessive Force and Lying to Investigators

A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Alabama indicted former Citronelle Police Department Chief John Tyler Norris for using excessive force against a man while on duty and for misleading state investigators.


Justice Department Secures Agreement to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Services

The Justice Department announced an agreement today with defendant Daniel Courney to resolve a federal lawsuit filed against Courney for his alleged violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. The FACE Act protects the right to access and provide reproductive health services, including abortion.


Justice Department Finds Nevada Unnecessarily Segregates Children with Behavioral Health Disabilities in Institutions

The Department of Justice announced today that it has concluded an investigation into whether the State of Nevada subjects children with behavioral health disabilities to unnecessary institutionalization in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Racially-Motivated Attack on a Black Man

Robert Lashley, 52, pleaded guilty today to a federal hate crime for attacking a Black man because of his actual and perceived race.


Justice Department Releases Information on Efforts to Protect the Right to Vote

Consistent with longstanding Justice Department practices and procedures, the Civil Rights Division is providing information about its efforts to ensure that all qualified voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots and have their votes counted free of discrimination, intimidation and suppression in the upcoming Nov. 8, 2022, general election.


GM Financial to Pay Over $3.5 Million to Resolve Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Claims

The Justice Department announced that GM Financial has agreed to pay over $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by illegally repossessing 71 servicemembers’ vehicles and by improperly denying or mishandling over 1,000 vehicle lease termination requests.


Micronesian Couple Pleads Guilty to Withholding Passports for Labor Trafficking

Defendants Nesly Mwarecheong, 46, and Bertino Weires, 51, residents of the United States and citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, pleaded guilty in federal court in Des Moines, Iowa, to two counts of unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of trafficking or forced labor.


Former West Virginia Parole Officer Pleads Guilty to Witness Tampering

A former Regional Director of Parole Services for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Parkersburg, West Virginia, pleaded guilty today in federal court in the Southern District of West Virginia to witness tampering.


Justice Department Resolves Fair Housing Claims Against Florida Apartment Complex

The Justice Department announced that Concord Court at Creative Village Partners LTD., Concord Management LTD., related entities and a property manager have agreed to pay $265,000 to resolve allegations that they discriminated against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act by imposing unlawful restrictions on minors at an apartment complex in Orlando, Florida.


Three Kentucky Correctional Officers Face Additional Civil Rights Charges for Assaulting Inmates and Attempting to Cover it Up

A federal grand jury in London, Kentucky, filed a superseding indictment against three federal correctional officers — two officers and a lieutenant — for their respective roles in assaults against three federal inmates and subsequent cover-ups.