ERIC Number: ED311109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-20
Reference Count: N/A
Remarks by James P. Turner, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, before the First Annual Conference, National Fair Housing Alliance, Washington, D.C.
Turner, James P.
This speech by an official of the U.S. Department of Justice reports on the steps that the Department is taking through its Civil Rights Division to enforce the new Fair Housing Act Amendments, and discusses how the Act fosters a cooperative interagency approach to enforcement. Between passage of the Act and its effective date of March 12, 1989, the Division assisted the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in proposing and promulgating implementation regulations by the deadline laid down in the Act. On the first business day the Act was effective, the Division filed two racial discrimination suits under the Act, a few weeks later filed two pattern or practice cases involving discrimination on the basis of familial status, and most recently filed a suit alleging discrimination on the basis of handicap. One of the familial status cases resulted in a settlement for damages for both the victim and for the fair housing group involved. This award of cash damages to groups involved in testing and fair housing advocacy furthers the work of enforcing the Act and illustrates the new approach to enforcement. Not only can victims in a housing discrimination case brought by the Department of Justice recover monetary damages, but the Department can intervene in private suits as if they had brought the suit as a pattern or practice case. The new Act also creates a much closer relationship between the Justice Department and HUD, fair housing groups, state and local agencies, the private bar, and the Civil Rights Division. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.