Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department

Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department

We enforce the law and make opportunities and access thoughtful and equitable. 

Whether we’re investigating civil rights complaints, advocating for people with disabilities, uplifting Detroit businesses or hosting community events, CRIO works to promote opportunities, ensure access and bring awareness to what’s going on in our City.

Our Mission

To advocate for civil rights, inclusion and access, while working to increase business and employment opportunities - all resulting in a positive impact on our constituents and our City. 

Programs and Services

CRIO’s roles include monitoring large construction project compliance, maintaining a construction workforce pipeline, certifying and promoting Detroit businesses, and mediating civil rights complaints.




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About CRIO

The Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity department formerly known as the City’s Human Rights department is the oldest civil rights department in the country, with roots dating as early as 1926 and 1947.

Then in 1974, a new city charter implemented a department to serve as the city's civil rights agency, including investigating complaints of discrimination. Today, CRIO’s purpose is to investigate alleged discrimination, secure equal protection of civil rights, promote inclusion, and create opportunities and access for all citizens.