The Office of the Civil Rights Advocate
The Office of the Civil Rights Advocate works to promote equal rights for all Rhode Islanders and responds to complaints related to civil rights violations.
We are here to help.
A key purpose of the Office is to protect the civil rights of individuals belonging to a protected class, including those who may be discriminated against on the basis of their actual or perceived race; color; national origin; ancestry; sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions); sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; disability; age; citizenship or immigration status; genetic information; or status as a person living with AIDS/HIV, or person who is homeless. Whenever any person intentionally interferes or threatens to intentionally interfere, by physical force or violence against a person, by damage or destruction of property or by trespass on property, with the exercise or enjoyment of rights secured by federal or state law, the attorney general may bring a civil action for injunctive relief in order to protect the peaceable exercise or enjoyment of the rights secured.
The Civil Rights Advocate can:
We also play an important role in the community by:
To report discrimination or other civil rights violation, please call the Civil Rights Advocate at (401) 274-4400 or file a complaint online.
While we encourage you to reach out to us, it’s important to know that the Office of the Attorney General is not the only civil rights enforcement agency in Rhode Island. If we are unable to assist you with your particular issue, we may be able to refer you to an agency that may be able to assist.
If you feel that you have been a victim of hate crime, please call your local police department.
The Office of the Civil Rights Advocate is not the only governmental civil rights resource available; there are several other state and federal agencies that have broad jurisdiction to investigate possible civil rights violations:
The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights