The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

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Americans and even immigrants are afforded their basic civil rights based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act, which was signed into law on July 2, 1964, declared all discrimination for any reason based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin will be deemed illegal in the United States (National Park Service, n.d.). When the act was enacted, people had to become more open minded; more accepting to the various cultures and backgrounds of individuals. Understanding that concept leads to the notion that there is and will be a diverse population within the United States. Diversity, as defined by the Cambridge dictionary, is the condition or fact of being different or varied (Cambridge Dictionary, n.d.). Diversity is also…show more content…
Under the guidance of Title VI of the Civil Rights section, FEMA has established policy guidance to meet Civil Rights mandates (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 2015). In the event of a disaster, whether man-made or natural, staff members of FEMA work closely with community organizations to resolve tension and eliminate potential complaints of discrimination (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 2015). Every individual will be afforded to the opportunity to receive care and service, even those with disabilities as this community is overlooked during emergencies. If staff members violate any section of the Civil Rights section, a formal complaint can be made through the Office of Equal Rights (OER) to obtain assistance (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 2015). Complaints of discrimination is a serious matter that should to be managed swiftly on the part of any agency and in the case of FEMA, this matter is addressed formally by a Civil Rights Specialist. A Civil Rights Specialist is employed to manage cases of discrimination and investigate the validity of the complaint. The scope of their position is to process complaints, issue acknowledgements and acceptance/dismissals, conduct compliance reviews and issue a final decision in regards to the complaint being filed (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 2015). The denial to programs services, aids, or benefits are prohibited through the program and that is why it is

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