Civil Rights Program

Last Modified: April 04, 2024
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The APHIS Civil Rights Program—overseen by the Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion (OCRDI)—advances fair and equitable treatment in the workplace. 

OCRDI provides leadership, conducts outreach to minority organizations and institutions, evaluates progress, manages formal and informal complaints, implements diversity and inclusion efforts, and provides national policy and leadership on affirmative employment. We foster a respectful, inclusive workplace in accordance with Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights Laws and Authorities and the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR Act).


APHIS' Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion is composed of several groups that address the various civil rights programs and initiatives at our agency.

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Contact Us

USDA-APHIS Washington, DC

Office of Civil Rights Diversity and Inclusion

1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 1642-South Bldg.

Washington, DC 20250

USDA-APHIS Riverdale, MD

Office of Civil Rights Diversity and Inclusion

4700 River Road, Unit 92

Riverdale, MD 20737