Department of Justice (DOJ)
The U.S. Department of Justice was established in 1870 with the Attorney General as its head. The Department represents the citizens of the United States in enforcing laws and plays a key role in protection against criminals, promoting healthy competition of business, safeguarding the consumer, enforcing drug, immigration, and naturalization laws, and protecting citizens through effective law enforcement. The Department of Justice programs work to prevent crime, provide immigrant services, protect the federal judiciary, confine convicted offenders, and enforce federal laws, including civil rights, tax, antitrust, environmental, and civil justice statutes.
See the Department of Justice website for more information.
Divisions of DOJ
- Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
- Office of Information and Privacy
- Office of Dispute Resolution
- Civil Rights Division
- Civil Division
- Environmental and Natural Resources
The most visible offices of the U.S. Department of Justice include the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Naturalization Services. However, there are 12 divisions under the Associate Attorney General, including the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), under which the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention most directly relates to youth with disabilities.