“We’re trying to make sure the civil and criminal side are working together to take a more holistic approach to assessing problems in our district that relate to discrimination, bias, hate,” Lenzner said in an interview.
Part of the goal is to raise awareness with state and local agencies, as well as the private sector and nonprofits that can help alert them to such cases.
“We want to make sure we have one unit to make sure [those partners] are aware of our prioritization in this area,” Lenzner said.
The civil enforcement may be a new approach for the office. Lenzner said officials will be looking for patterns and practices of discrimination in areas such as housing, disability rights, education, health care, and voting rights, among others.