Department of Justice Issues Discrimination Brochure in New Languages

May 24, 2002

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On May 24, 2002 The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division announced "the publication of the Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination brochure in Farsi, Hindi, and Punjabi.... The Division's National Origin Working Group created the brochure to assist individuals in identifying discrimination and bias covered by the laws enforced by the Division. The brochure provides examples of illegal national origin discrimination and information about where discrimination complaints may be filed...

National origin discrimination includes discrimination based upon an individual's nationality, country of birth or country of origin, or the country of origin of an individual's family or spouse... Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, incidents of bias, including hate crimes, assaults, and vandalism against individuals perceived to be of Middle Eastern origin, have been on the rise. Many of these incidents have been targeted at Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, Sikh Americans and South-Asian Americans."