Department of Justice launches new website for reporting civil rights violations

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler (WISH File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The United States Department of Justice is making it easier for the public to report civil rights violations with a new website.

The new Civil Rights Reporting Portal consolidates over 30 reporting pathways, which according to the department will “dramatically ease the burden on victims of civil rights violations to identify the proper reporting channel”.

United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced the launch of the tool on Thursday in a press release to News 8. He compared the new system to previous protocol. This included reporting harassment or discrimination directly to specific agencies or offices. Now, reports can be processed in one place.

“Even though reports can still be received in this manner, I encourage the public to utilize the user-friendly Civil Rights Portal to report any civil rights violations,” said Minkler in a press release.

The new website allows users to submit an online form with details of a civil rights violation. Specialized teams will then review the report and forward it to the correct group or agency, which will determine a path of action for the report.

The form is available in English and Spanish and is fully accessible to users with disabilities.

People who would like to report a civil rights violation via phone can call the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Coordinator Jeffrey Preston at 317-226-6333.