Civil Rights

Criminal Civil Rights Violations

Types of Criminal Civil Rights Violations

A criminal civil rights violation involves the use or threat of force, and can occur with:

  • Hate crimes
  • Migrant worker exploitation
  • Law enforcement misconduct
  • Religious interference or property damage
  • Health care access interference, such as phone threat or bombing
  • Slavery rings

Reporting a Violation

You can report possible violations with first-hand information about the incident, including:

  • Names of the victims
  • Witnesses
  • The perpetrators (if known)
  • A description of the events
  • Whether physical or property damage occurred


During a federal criminal rights investigation, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation and other assistance through local government and private agencies. Each state has eligibility requirements for receiving compensation, usually including that the victim promptly report the incident and cooperate with the police and prosecutors. In general, victims may be compensated for:

  • Medical and mental health treatment
  • Funerals
  • Lost wages
  • Crime scene clean-up

Questions for Your Attorney

  • What do I do if my civil rights have been violated?
  • How much damages am I entitled to?
  • Do I have to pay anything to file a civil rights complaint?
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