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 

Now Taking Applications for Commissioners 

Applications are currently being accepted for the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights, the Police Conduct Oversight Commission, and the Minneapolis Police Conduct Review Panel. Please visit and submit an application and references by October 23, 2015.

Action Research Team on Sex Offender Concentration Releases Report 


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. ARTSOC REPORT AUGUST 2015


Complaint Investigations Division (CID) Participates in Renter's Rights Forum

renters briefing

CID staff helped organize a Renter's Right Forum at City Hall. Renters briefed City Council members and City leaders on issues tenants are facing.  MDCR Director, Velma Korbel, addressed attendees ensuring the Department will continue to educate tenants about their rights under the Civil Rights Ordinance and investigate claims of discrimination. 


Contract Compliance Division (CCD) Continues Partnership with Resource Services

contract compliance

CCD staff actively liaise with minority and women owned resource services to ensure female and minority workforce inclusion and minority and women business inclusion in City contracting opportunities.


Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR) Director Michael Browne appointed as District Court Judge

Michael Browne

From an impeccable legacy at a prominent civil rights agency, Michael will take his role as a District Court Judge, on September 4, 2015. While Michael will be missed, his appointment is viewed as a great win for the state of Minnesota and for the Department. Ryan Patrick, former OPCR legal analyst, has been appointed as Division Supervisor. For several years Patrick has been a critical component of OPCR work and is fully equipped to lead the Division during this time of transition.

Equity Division (CRED) Hosts Cookie Cart Employees

 cookie cart

High- school students from the Cookie Cart came to visit the Equity Division. MDCR staff gave students an overview of the Department's mission and services and tips for applying to the award winning Urban Scholars Program.


2015 Urban Scholars Cohort Recognition Ceremony 

Farewell, but not Goodbye!

The 2015 cohort of Urban Scholars graduated 58 students, with 5 of these students continuing their work post-graduation. Currently, 9 Urban Scholar graduates are either temporary of full-time employees in the City of Minneapolis! 



urban scholas graduation 

Learn About the Minneapolis Urban Scholars Program





Last updated Sep 15, 2015