November 1, 2018
OCR Releases “Here to Serve You” Educational Video in Spanish
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released an educational video in Spanish to raise awareness within the Hispanic community about the work of OCR and to highlight important conscience and religious freedom rights protected by our federal laws.
“Because respect for the conscience and religious freedom rights of patients and providers ensures diversity in healthcare, we are reaching out to the Spanish speaking community to foster greater understanding of the laws protecting our first freedoms,” said Roger Severino, OCR Director.
In this video, Director Severino highlights the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division and describes the work of all of OCR’s divisions in order to help patients, healthcare providers, stakeholders, and the public know their rights and responsibilities and how to file a complaint with OCR if they think that their rights have been violated. OCR protects and enforces civil rights laws in health and human services, including health information privacy and security (HIPAA); laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, national origin, age, sex, or disability; and laws protecting conscience and religious freedom.
To view the “Here to Serve You” video and for more information about the work of OCR, please visit www.hhs.gov/ocr.