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New Justice Department program to combat sexual harassment in housing

Posted: 11:03 AM, Apr 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-13 15:03:42Z

The Department of Justice is rolling out an initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing while recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement Thursday includes an interagency task force between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Justice Department, an outreach toolkit and a public awareness campaign.

The task force will focus on five key areas to combat sexual harassment in housing: data sharing and analysis, joint development of training, evaluation of public housing complaint mechanisms, coordination of public outreach and press strategy, and review of federal policies.

The outreach toolkit is meant to leverage the Justice Department's network of U.S. Attorney's Offices. It provides templates, guidance and checklists based on feedback.

The third component - a public awareness campaign - will be a partnership package with stakeholders, a new social media campaign, and Public Service Announcements run by U.S. Attorney's Offices. The campaign is meant to make it easier for victims to find resources and report harassment.

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