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    42 USC Sec. 1983                                             01/16/96
 
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    TITLE 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
    CHAPTER 21 - CIVIL RIGHTS
    SUBCHAPTER I - GENERALLY
 
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    Sec. 1983. Civil action for deprivation of rights
 
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      Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance,
    regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the
    District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any
    citizen of the United States or other person within the
    jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges,
    or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable
    to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other
    proper proceeding for redress.  For the purposes of this section,
    any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of
    Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of
    Columbia.
 
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    (R.S. Sec. 1979; Pub. L. 96-170, Sec. 1, Dec. 29, 1979, 93 Stat.
    1284.)
 
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                                CODIFICATION
      R.S. Sec. 1979 derived from act Apr. 20, 1871, ch. 22, Sec. 1, 17
    Stat. 13.
      Section was formerly classified to section 43 of Title 8, Aliens
    and Nationality.
 
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                                 AMENDMENTS
      1979 - Pub. L. 96-170 inserted ''or the District of Columbia''
    after ''Territory'', and provisions relating to Acts of Congress
    applicable solely to the District of Columbia.
                      EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1979 AMENDMENT
      Amendment by Pub. L. 96-170 applicable with respect to any
    deprivation of rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the
    Constitution and laws occurring after Dec. 29, 1979, see section 3
    of Pub. L. 96-170, set out as a note under section 1343 of Title
    28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure.
 
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                   SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS
      This section is referred to in sections 1988, 1997e of this
    title.