Office of Justice and Civil Rights

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About OJCR

The  Office of Justice and Civil Rights (OJCR) has one of the most important roles within the Department of Social Health Services (DSHS).  OJCR was created to ensure:

  • Equitable investigations of Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights complaints from DSHS employees and clients
  • DSHS actively encourages and supports a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination
  • Fair and impartial reviews of administrative hearing decisions
  • DSHS sustains a cultural environment where all managers and employees view equal employment opportunity as an integral part of the agency’s strategic mission
  • Accountability and the prevention of discrimination through educational programs that promote compliance with regulations and civil rights laws
  • Development and adoption of rules and policies that are necessary, fair, understandable, equitable, and consistent

DSHS is committed to providing an environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, retaliation, and other inappropriate behaviors.

Who We Are

Latest News

Constituent Services
Employee Investigations Unit
Organizational Chart (coming soon)

picture of a book with glasses on itDr. Pearlette J. Ramos is the OJCR Senior Director. Dr. Ramos is a lawyer, strategist, and transformational advocate who brings more than 20 years executive leadership experience to DSHS.

What We Do

Related Notices and Policies

Investigate Complaints
Our investigation process (Coming soon)
Authorizing statutes (Coming soon)

External Resources

Contact Us

Learn more about OJCR’s relationship with external enforcement entities (Coming soon)



Mailing address:
DSHS Justice and Civil Rights
PO Box 45131
Olympia, WA 98504-45131
(800) -737-0617
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