Civil Rights Complaint Process
All clients, customers, program participants, employees, job applicants, or consumers of The Iowa Attorney General's Office, and those of their subrecipients have the right to participate in programs and activities operated by the Victim Assistance Section or its subrecipients regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability. In addition, subrecipients of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Anyone who thinks they have been discriminated against by an employee of The Iowa Attorney General's Office or a subrecipient of The Iowa Attorney General's Office, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or thinks they have been retaliated against by an Iowa Attorney General employee or subrecipient, may file a written complaint alleging such discrimination by completing the Discrimination Complaint form. In addition, recipients or subrecipients of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
The completed form must be mailed to:
Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Victim Assistance Section
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Any employee of the Victim Assistance Section of the Iowa Attorney General's Office who receives a discrimination complaint from an employee, a job applicant, client, customer, program participant or consumer of the Victim Assistance Section or of a subrecipient, must forward the completed complaint form to the Victim Assistance Section Chief.
The Victim Assistance Section Chief shall provide direction to the Victim Assistance staff regarding the next steps to take regarding the complaint.
Complainants will also be informed that they may file complaints directly with:
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
In the event that a Federal or State court or Federal or State administrative agency makes a finding of discrimination after a due process hearing on the ground of race, religion, national origin, sex, or disability against a recipient of victim assistance formula funds The Iowa Attorney General's Office will forward a copy of the findings to the Office for Civil Rights of OJP.
Online Reporting Tool to Report Civil Rights Violations
The new Civil Rights Reporting Portal – located at civilrights.justice.gov – will consolidate over 30 unique reporting pathways. The portal will dramatically ease the burden on victims of civil rights violations to identify the proper reporting channel. The form is fully accessible to people with disabilities. It is also available in both English and Spanish, with more languages to be added over the next year.
Individuals who believe that they may have been victims of civil rights violations can learn how to report violations by visiting civilrights.justice.gov.
If you believe that you are a victim of criminal civil rights violations, such as misconduct by law enforcement officers, hate crimes, or human trafficking, please contact your local FBI office.