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United States Department of Education

Advocacy - Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20202-0001

Distance: 393 Miles

(800) 421-3481


Service Details


Program that works on behalf of individuals and/or groups to make sure that they receive the benefits and services for which they are eligible

Additional Information

Sets and enforces policies against discrimination within the US educational system. Rights include freedom from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age.

Disability discrimination includes not allowing reasonable accommodations, or not educating in the least restrictive setting.

Provides information and resources on the following:
* Policy guides for different types of discrimination
* Harassment prevention resources
* How to file a complaint
* Materials in other languages


  • Specialization
    • Disabilities 
    • Family 
    • Older adults 

Application Instructions

Prefers communication via email or fax.

Regional offices take and investigate complaints about discrimination and provide help to prevent or fix problems (technical assistance).
* The regional office for Minnesota is in Chicago
* Complaints can also be filed online
The national office sets policy, advises law makers, and publishes information.

Area Served



Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main - Special Education and Rehabilitative Servic (202) 245-7459
Toll Free (800) 872-5327
Toll Free - National Office of Civil Rights (800) 421-3481
TTY - National Civil Rights Office (800) 877-8339

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