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Does OCR represent me in my civil rights complaint?


No. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is a neutral fact-finding agency. Our charge is to ensure that the laws under our jurisdiction are not violated. If your complaint is accepted for investigation, we may, for example, obtain a promise that the program will change its practices or provide you with a service. Although we will consult with you, you may not be satisfied with any individual remedies proposed. You should consult an attorney about your right to file a private law suit in court if you wish to protect fully your individual rights and remedies. Delay in doing so may foreclose your right to bring a law suit.

Last Updated: 11/4/2009