Enforcement Activities and Results
Compliance and Enforcement
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing civil rights laws that apply to recipients of Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex. OCR enforces Federal Health Care Provider Conscience Protection statutes. OCR also enforces Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it applies to state and local government health and social service agencies. To read the enforcement regulations, please see OCR Nondiscrimination Laws, Regulations, and Standards.
While the Office for Civil Rights enforces certain laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination, we generally do not enforce laws and regulations that apply to housing, police or law enforcement, the courts, prisons or employment. To learn about civil rights enforcement in these and other areas enforced by other agencies, please see our Civil Rights Enforcement Through Other Agencies page.