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Gangs in Virginia: Resources and Information for Citizens of the Commonwealth

Our Commonwealth is as diverse as it is great.  From the pristine beaches in Tidewater, to the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley, to the booming metropolises of Northern Virginia, the regions of the Commonwealth are comprised of different shapes, sizes, and, unfortunately, problems.  However, over the past decade, the Office of the Attorney General realized and began to combat a problem that afflicted all areas of the Commonwealth: gangs.  No longer were gangs confined to cities, but they were spreading to the rural areas of Virginia. 

In an effort to combat rising gang activity, the Office worked to push forward tougher laws in the General Assembly and began arming Law Enforcement with the tools necessary to fight gangs. 

Gang Prevention Information

Review a summary of gang legislation since 2000.
Learn more about gangs in Virginia

click here to find out more about The Big Lie video'The Big Lie: Unmasking the Truth Behind Gangs:' Virginia's Youth Anti-Gang Video

Resources for Parents

For parents and communities, education is a critical component to preventing gangs from thriving around the Commonwealth.  Confronting the reality of criminal street gangs “head on” and providing parents, school officials, and citizen groups with the tools they need to understand the problem, is the first step in the fight against gangs.  Only when we present a united educated front against gangs will we ensure a bright future for our children.

 

Parents click here to access the English quick reference card to find out what you can do to prevent your child from becoming involved with gangs and for warning signs that your child may be involved in gang activity.

Para una versíon en español, haga clic aquiSpanish Version.

 

Resources Across the State of Virginia

Statewide Resources
Central Virginia
Southwest Virginia
The Shenandoah Valley
Northern Virginia
Tidewater



 

 

 

 

 

 

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Identity Theft

Important Resources

  • Identity Theft Passport - The Identity Theft Passport is a card that you can carry and present to law enforcement or other individuals who may challenge you about your identity should you become the victim of identity crime.

  • Identity Theft Affidavit - Rather than completing several different forms, you can use the Identity Theft Affidavit to alert businesses about the fraud.

 

Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Our Victim Notification Program receives reports about identity thieves and con artists every day who use technology as a tool to perpetrate crimes. 

 

What do I do if I believe I am the victim of Identity Theft?

  1. Notify your bank or credit union, credit card company, and one of the three credit bureaus (EquifaxExperian or Trans Union) to notify them that you are a victim of an identity crime.
  2. Contact your local police or sheriff’s department and file a criminal complaint.
  3. If you fall victim to identity theft while using the Internet, you should file a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
  4. Request an Identity Theft Passport from the Office of the Attorney General.

What ­­is the Attorney General's Identity Theft Passport?

The Identity Theft Passport is a card that you can carry and present to law enforcement or other individuals who may challenge you about your identity should you become the victim of identity crime. The Passport is designed to serve as notification to help protect victims from unlawful detention or arrest for crimes committed by another under a stolen identity.

An Identity Theft Passport may be available to any Virginian who:

Has filed a police report because they believe they are a victim of identity crime; and/or has obtained a court order expunging their record as a result of identity crime

You may download a PDF version of the application for an Identity Theft Passport. You can then print, complete, sign and mail to this Office; OR

You may write to this Office for an application for an Identity Theft Passport:

Office of the Attorney General
Victim Notification Program
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219

All applications must be submitted in person or by mail and will be acted upon promptly.

­­Additional Resources

Avoiding Identity Theft

How To Avoid Identity Theft – A Guide for Victims

You can also request a hard copy by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Identity Theft Affidavit

The Identity Theft Affidavit is available to you if you are involved in a dispute regarding fraudulent debts and accounts opened by an identity thief.  Rather than completing several different forms, you can use the Identity Theft Affidavit to alert businesses about the fraud.  The company can then investigate the fraud and decide the outcome of your claim. You can download the affidavit here or find it in the back of the booklet above.

Federal Trade Commission

www.ftc.gov

Credit Report

Federal law requires that each of the three credit bureaus (EquifaxExperian and Trans Union) provide one free credit report per year to individuals upon request.  You may order your free credit report from each of the three bureaus at the Annual Credit Report website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Division of Human Rights

Virginia state shape with Virginia Attorney General seal on top

The Division of Human Rights ("DHR") receives and investigates complaints alleging unlawful discrimination that violates state and federal civil rights laws. Our complaint process is twofold. First, the DHR investigates complaints alleging discrimination in employment, places of public accommodation, and education institutions in violation of the Virginia Human Rights Act or corresponding federal laws. The DHR will also provide mediation services throughout the complaint process to all the parties to resolve the dispute themselves. If we do not have subject matter jurisdiction over the allegations set forth in a complaint, we will, whenever possible, refer that complaint to the appropriate state or federal agency with jurisdiction. At the conclusion of an investigation, the DHR is charged with determining whether there is reasonable cause to believe discrimination occurred.

 

Complaints alleging discrimination by an employer with six to fourteen (6-14) employees fall under state jurisdiction, while employers with 15 or more (20 or more if an age discrimination complaint) fall under federal jurisdiction, which includes discriminatory termination from employment as well as hostile environments and equal pay issues. The DHR participates in a work-share agreement with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to investigate and make determinations with regard to alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related civil rights laws.

 

Contact Us:

Links:

Division of Human Rights

Office of the Attorney General of Virginia

202 North Ninth Street

Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: (804) 225-2292

Fax: (804) 225-3294

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DHR Complaint Form

DHR Complaint Process Description

EEOC Work-Share Agreement

2014 Extension: EEOC Work-Share Agreement

2013 Extension: EEOC Work-Share Agreement

 

Links: State & Federal Laws

Va. Human Rights Act  §2.2-3900 -  §2.2-3903

DHR 2.2-520 - 2.2-524

DHR Regulations

Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (ADA)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Equal Pay Act (EPA)

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Title II (Places of Public Accommodations)

Title VI (educational institutions receiving federal funds)

Title VII (employment discrimination)

Links: State, Federal, & Local Agencies

EEOC

DOJ: Civil Rights Division

Alexandria Human Rights Commission

Charlottesville Human Rights Commission

Newport News Human Rights Commission

Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission

Virginia Fair Housing Office

Va. Department of Human Resource Management - Office of Equal Employment Services

Arlington Human Rights Commission

Fairfax Human Rights Commission

Prince William Human Rights Commission