The U.S. New Jersey County Attorney’s Office announced Monday that a special unit has been set up to enforce federal civil rights laws across the state.

According to U.S. Attorney General Philip Salinger, the office has done this work before. But the new department, which will bring together members of the existing civil rights unit and federal prosecutors from the criminal department of the office, will be able to better coordinate ways to protect and promote civil rights, he said.

“No one should ever be discriminated against or hated because of where they come from, how they look, who they love and how they worship,” Salinger said in an accompanying video statement. “The protection of civil rights has led to the founding of the Department of Justice, and it remains a relevant part of our mission today – especially here in New Jersey, where our diversity is one of our strongest points.”

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