Written by attorney Daphne Lori Macklin

Who can help me if I believe my civil rights have been violated?

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To get educated about your civil rights, check out the resources on the web that are identified in this article. Caveat: Many of these agencies and organizations have limited resources and may not be able to provide you with actual individual legal representation. In my experience, it can be helpful to file a complaint with the understanding that a series of complaints about a particular store or business may prompt an investigation based on the numbers. The best use of these resources however is education about what practices by a business or organization are legal or which practices are more questionable. Your local community (city, town or county) may have a community-based civil rights education and enforcement organization that focuses on education and resolutions that do not involve going to court.

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