Civil Rights

The Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity (CRIO) Department works to make certain that all City of Detroit residents, visitors and employees enjoy a safe environment free of discriminatory barriers. The CRIO Department's Civil Rights Team has the power and duty to receive, investigate, make findings upon complaints, and initiate its own investigations and complaints of prohibited discrimination. That includes discrimination against any individual or groups of individuals because of race, color, religious belief, national origin, age, marital status, disability, residence, public benefit status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression of any individual or groups of individuals civil rights.

We take discrimination seriously and will investigate all credible complaints. If you believe you have been discriminated against and it has been within one year of the alleged discriminatory action, please complete the CRIO Claimant Questionnaire Form located on the CRIO homepage. If we find that there has been discrimination, we will work with the respondent to resolve the compliant.

Along with handling investigations, the Civil Rights Team ensures the City of Detroit is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The Department handles requests for reasonable accommodations made by people with disabilities for the City of Detroit's services, activities, and programs. Citizens can request ADA Title II accommodations through the links provided below. Policies and procedures regarding the City of Detroit and the ADA are located under the 'documents' section.

The Civil Rights Team likewise ensures compliance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in any program, service or activity that receives Federal financial assistance. The Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Plan can be found in the 'documents' section as well.

The City of Detroit does not tolerate discrimination in any way on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Since 2015, the City of Detroit has maintained a perfect Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score issued by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and is proud to support its LGBTQ community. The contact information for both City of Detroit LGBTQ Liaisons, and other resources for the LGBTQ community, can be found in the 'documents' section, in the document titled "LGBTQ Resources in Detroit."

In partnership with the Human Rights Commission, CRIO coordinates and participates in outreach activities by offering housing and public accommodation workshops/seminars to keep the public informed about their legal rights.