U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz creates new Civil Rights Unit

February 21, 2016
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, of the District of Massachusetts, announced Tuesday a new Civil Rights Unit aimed toward enforcing civil rights laws and changing the manner in which Massachusetts handles the equal protection of each individual.
     The new unit, which will function within the Civil Division, plans to work with many local communities, advocacy groups and other federal and state agencies to help make a change in issues of civil rights, according to the release.
     “We are committed to ensuring a level playing field for all residents in the Commonwealth, advancing equal opportunity, and educating the public about their rights and responsibilities,” Ortiz said in the release. “I can think of no better way to further this mission than by creating a unit comprised of attorneys and staff who are dedicated solely to enforcing and promoting federal civil rights.”
     The release stated that the unit is designed to ensure that the rights of everyone are protected, including those of “the most vulnerable and underserved” citizens of the commonwealth.