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New Hampshire Creates Civil Rights Unit to Combat Discrimination

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald discusses a new Civil Rights Unit in the N.H. Department of Justice as Gov. Chris Sununu and former Rep. Rogers Johnson, a NAACP leader, listen. Photo by Britta Greene for NHPR

The New Hampshire Department of Justice is launching a new Civil Rights Unit to strengthen its enforcement of anti-discrimination law. The move is one of two equity and inclusion efforts announced by Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald joined Sununu in making the announcement. He said a formal focus on civil rights in his department is simply overdue. “Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island [all] have civil rights units,” he said. “I have long felt it’s important for our office to have resources dedicated to these important laws.”

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