Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department

Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department

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

Since our Inception, CRIO has expanded its mission to not only investigate Civil Rights complaints, but to empower Detroit businesses and host community events .

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. 


CRIO Core Values

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.





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