Civil Rights in Schools

The Attorney General administers the Civil Rights Team Project, a school-based preventative program. The mission of the Civil Rights Team Project (CRTP) is to increase the safety of elementary, middle level, and high school students by reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in our schools.

The CRTP accomplishes this by supporting student civil rights teams in our schools. The CRTP and the student civil rights teams are active in engaging school communities in thinking and talking about issues related to:

  • Race and skin color
  • National origin and ancestry
  • Religion
  • Disabilities
  • Gender (including gender identity and expression)
  • Sexual orientation

We believe that bias-based behaviors are especially damaging, and because of their unique nature, warrant specific preventative efforts. The Civil Rights Team Project encourages school communities to engage in this important work, so that students of all identities feel safe, welcome, and respected for who they are.