About CRIO

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 History

The Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity department (CRIO), 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.

CRIO was birthed out of decades of various committees designed to address civil rights throughout Detroit. Between 1943-1951, the Mayor's Interracial Committee was a civil rights organization that was officially a part of the executive branch of city government. 

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 has expanded to house several teams, which are dedicated to addressing civil rights advocacy and investigation, disability affairs, access to jobs, trainings, business opportunities, and promoting awareness of civil and human rights issues throughout our communities. 

Our teams work relentlessly to implement and manage policies, programs and community events to ensure Detroit citizens celebrate who we are as Detroiters.