Kent Faulk
The Birmingham News
August 21, 2012

photo Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tom Perez

Joyce White Vance, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, announced today the formation of a civil rights enforcement unit in her office to pursue civil rights violations.

The unit, composed of more than a half dozen prosecutors in her office, will tackle a variety of criminal civil rights cases, ranging from hate crimes and excessive force by police allegations, to human trafficking, Vance said. The unit also has civil and appellate attorneys to focus on civil actions such as environmental justice, Americans with disabilities cases, fair lending and employment rights for returning veterans.

Vance made the announcement at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute alongside Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.

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