Federal Resources Community Guide
What Are Civil Rights?
Civil rights are the personal liberties that belong to an individual as a result of his or her status as a citizen or resident of a particular country. In America, civil rights are founded on the values of equal justice and equal opportunity for all.
You cannot be discriminated against based on your race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation.
Civil rights in the United States include fair housing and fair lending, voting rights, equal employment opportunity, public accommodations, educational rights and disability rights. They protect against law enforcement misconduct, discriminatory policing, religious discrimination, discrimination against individuals that do not speak English or are limited English proficient, and hate crimes.
Civil rights also include rights for specific populations like service members, those who are institutionalized, and those in the LGBT community.
Did you know...
Nearly 1 in 20 Ohioans are Latino or Asian
The foreign-born share of Ohio’s population rose from 2.4% in 1990, to 3.0% in 2000, to 4.1% in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Somali Community Access Network estimates that Central Ohio was home to more than 45,000 Somali Americans
The 2010 purchasing power of Ohio’s Latinos totaled $7.7 billion—an increase of 394.9% since 1990. Asian buying power totaled $7.3 billion—an increase of 292.7% since 1990