WIC Civil Rights Resources
Annual Civil Rights Training
How to File a Complaint
WIC staff can help a participant file a report of a possible civil rights violation by completing the following form, or by following the instructions found at: How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint, which will be submitted directly to USDA.
- USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF)
- Formulario de queja por discriminación del programa del USDA (PDF)
Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS) Requirements
There are two version of the Nondiscrimination statement – a long (full) version, and a short (single statement) version: This institution is an equal opportunity provider. The NDS is required on any WIC-specific public notifications or outreach, websites, and any documents "vital" to an applicant's/participant's eligibility for, or participation in, WIC.
- Website Home Pages - may be provided via a "USDA Nondiscrimination Statement" link.
- Vital documents - the font size must match the font of the majority of the text on the document (it may work best in some cases to provide the long NDS on the back of the document).
Short version: Public notifications/outreach.
Public Notification Requirements
WIC is required to actively notify applicants, participants, and anyone coming to WIC, of the availability of free interpreter services and that accommodations will be made for anyone with a disability, upon request.
WIC Agencies are required to display the Interpreter poster and the And Justice for All poster.
Both of these posters can be ordered using the WIC Agency Materials Order Form (search for: "interpreter" and "and justice for all").
Rights & Responsibilities
Provide a copy of participant’s Rights and Responsibilities at certification. Participants can view them using the WIC App in the "About" section.
The Rights and Responsibilities have been updated and are available for local agencies to print directly from our website as needed. See Exhibit 1-K, Rights & Responsibilities.