Civil Rights

Mission Statement

To deliver a comprehensive and result oriented Civil Rights Program for customers while ensuring equality, justice, and full participation in Agency activities and programs. We achieve our mission through civil rights compliance, advocacy, and education.

Vision Statement

To be a model organization which is devoted to fairness and equality in Agency employment and delivery of programs

Guiding Principles

  • We will do business in a fair, equitable, and neutral manner.
  • We will maintain the trust and confidence of our employees and customers.
  • We will improve in everything we do.
  • We value and understand that managing diversity is a high priority.
  • We will advocate open-minded and anti-discriminatory attitudes and behavior of all Agency employees and customers.
  • We will assist our leaders in meeting their commitment to equal employment opportunity and in facilitating effective delivery of Agency Civil Rights programs and activities.

In this role, the Civil Rights Staff serves as the focal point for:

  • Title VII – Employment Discrimination Complaint Program
  • Title VI – Federal Financial Assistance Programs
  • Persons with Disabilities Program and Reasonable Accommodation
  • Special Emphasis Programs
  • Compliance Reviews
  • Partnership & Outreach
  • Policy Development
  • Civil Rights Impact Analysis and Reporting

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, status as a parent (in education and training programs and activities), because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or retaliation. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs or activities.)

If you require this information in alternative format (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), contact the USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (Voice or TDD).

If you require information about this program, activity, or facility in a language other than English, contact the agency office responsible for the program or activity, or any USDA office.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call Toll free, (866) 632-9992 (Voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Washington Office, Forest Service, Civil Rights

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Sidney R. Yates Federal Building
USDA Forest Service
201 14th. St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
(202) 205-8534