In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil

rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, staff offices, employees, and

institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from

discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including

gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status,

income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation

for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all

bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or


Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with

disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information

(e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language) should contact the responsible

Area, agency, or staff office; the USDA TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or

the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.


To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a form AD-3027,

USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online at, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or

by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name,

address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in

sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature

and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be

submitted to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410.

(2) Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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