New team to target #civilrights violations. #hatecrime

(Boston Globe) US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz announced yesterday that she is forming a team of prosecutors to focus on civil rights cases, including hate crimes, human trafficking, police misconduct, damage to religious property, and employment discrimination.

“We’re open for business,’’ said Ortiz. She said 10 prosecutors already on staff will be assigned to the Civil Rights Enforcement Team, which will handle criminal and civil cases.

The office has always prosecuted civil rights cases, but Ortiz said she wants to make it a higher priority and do more community outreach to encourage victims to come forward.

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