The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties was created within the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. The office’s mission is to advise the department and prevent civil rights violations. But some insiders say the unit has always lacked teeth.

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties was created within the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. The office’s mission is to advise the department and prevent civil rights violations. But some insiders say the unit has always lacked teeth.