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Justice Department Reports on Italian-American Civil Liberties Violations

Press Contact: Diane Crespy, 202-547-2900

For Immediate Release:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2002 - The U.S. Department of Justice has released a report to Congress detailing the violations suffered by Italian-Americans and Italian immigrants during World War II. Researching and publishing the report was one of the provisions of House Resolution 2442, the Wartime Violation of Italian American Civil Liberties Act, signed into law as Public Law 106-451 by President Clinton Nov. 7, 2000.

The report contains detailed information on the types of violations that occurred, including arrests, detentions, internment, curfews, raids on homes and the confiscation of property. The report also contains historical background to World War II and the events surrounding the civil rights infringements, as well as some personal accounts of violations. Though admittedly not complete, the Justice Department report contains lists of individuals that were arrested, detained, or interned.

The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's largest and longest existing organization representing men and women of Italian heritage, and its anti-defamation arm the Commission for Social Justice® were major forces in rallying support for the bill and getting it passed through Congress and signed by the president.

The report is available on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Web site at or, or by writing to the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001.

Established in 1905 in Little Italy, N.Y., OSIA now boasts more than 700 chapter in 35 states and the District of Columbia, and more than 575,000 members and supporters in all 50 states and two U.S. territories. For more information on OSIA or any of its programs to promote positive images of Italian-Americans, visit us on the Web at or contact us via e-mail at