Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title VI states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the United States Information Agency are covered by Title VI, and must operate in a non-discriminatory manner. Also, a recipient of USIA funding may not retaliate against any person because he or she opposed an unlawful practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title VI.

Anyone who believes there has been an act of discriminaton on the basis of race, color or national origin, against any person or group, in a program or activity which receives USIA financial assistance, may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights under Title VI. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination but may complain on behalf of another person or group.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . .


As stated under Title VI, programs and activities which receive USIA funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person because he or she raised an allegation of discrimination, testified, or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX.

Anyone who believes there has been an act of discriminaton on the basis of sex, against any person or group, in a program or activity which receives USIA financial assistance, may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights under Title IX. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination but may complain on behalf of another person or group.



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