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Civil rights are the personal liberties guaranteed to U.S. citizens and residents, including freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; and the right to equality in public places. Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of their membership in a particular group or class. Various jurisdictions have enacted statutes to prevent discrimination based on a person's race, sex, religion, age, physical limitation, national origin, and sexual orientation.
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Albuquerque Human Rights Office
Assists in providing advice,investigating, and filing complaints regarding employment, housing and public accommodations discrimination.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico
Legal services regarding protection of individuals’ civil rights from governmental injustice and abuse.
Dads Against Discrimination
Self-help non-profit organization that guides fathers (including those who are pro-se litigants) through the legal system as well as advocating for change. Available by appointment 9:30–5:00 M-F.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Contains federal laws, regulations and guidance information relating to discrimination.
Human Rights Bureau
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