Media Advisory - FEMA Protects the Rights of Citizens to Political and Social Freedom and Equality

Release Date:
January 12, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. – FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights serves the agency and the nation by supporting a discrimination-free work place and equal access to FEMA programs and services for all disaster survivors. This office manages the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) administrative process, affirmative employment program, reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, and enforcement of federal civil rights laws.

The Office of Equal Rights leads FEMA’s efforts to promote fairness, integrity, compassion and respect. It holds the entire FEMA community accountable for doing the right thing. FEMA is committed to inspiring equality and inclusive diversity every day.

FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights External Civil Rights Division (ECRD) is responsible for ensuring compliance with and enforcement of FEMA’s external civil rights obligations. To learn more about the laws behind this commitment and public rights, visit External Civil Rights Division |

A short video on this topic is available in American Sign Language at Hurricane Laura: FEMA External Civil Rights Division PSA - Bing video.

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Last updated March 17, 2021