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Civil Rights

The Civil Rights Committee (CRC) advises the Director of the Pacific Islands Area (PIA) and Principle Staff on all matters related to the NRCS Civil Rights and Affirmative Employment Programs. The CRC also provides feedback on the performance of the Civil Rights Program, identifies deficiencies, and suggests opportunities for improvement. The Committee identifies emerging Civil Rights issues that need attention, serves as a vehicle through which employees can bring Civil Rights issues to the attention of the Director and Principle Staff, and advises on the development of Civil Rights and Affirmative Employment plans and progress reports. The Committee's Mission Statement is: We are committed to ensuring equal opportunity and civil rights for all customers, both internal and external, by identifying needs and making recommendations to the Director of the Pacific Islands Area and Principle Staff.

The Civil Rights Committee DOES NOT accept complaints of discrimination in employment or program delivery. Information on filing an EEO or Program complaint can be found on the USDA NRCS Civil Rights Division website.

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National Civil Rights Information

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at
How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.