Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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Welcome to the
Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights   

The mission of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is to enforce Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Title 7 (non-discrimination); Title 9, Chapter 172 (police conduct oversight); Title 16, Chapter 423 (small and underutilized business programs); Title 2, Chapter 24 (prevailing wage); and to promote understanding of civil rights among residents, businesses and government. The Department will carry out this mission by:

Department Announcements 




The residential pattern of sex offenders in Minneapolis has long been of concern to City officials and residents. The Minneapolis City Council took action when it learned of an apparent concentration of sex offenders in the Phillips and Near North communities of Minneapolis. The City Council passed a resolution which stated that the concentration of sex offenders in these neighborhoods constituted a civil rights violation for residents living there because they experienced a disproportional negative impact.

In August of 2013 the Action Research Team on Sex Offender Concentration (ARTSOC) came together to gather data and analyze policies and procedures that may contribute to a concentration of sex offenders in Minneapolis. On July 15, 2015 Dr. Lauren Martin, an ARTSOC facilitator, gave a presentation outlining the key findings of the research to the Minneapolis Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Emergency Management Committee. The full report is now available using the link below.





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Last updated Aug 31, 2015