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We Are Mpls

About the #WeAreMpls campaign

The mission of the "We Are Mpls" campaign is to highlight the City of Minneapolis' commitment to standing up for all its residents regardless of immigration status, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, religion, birthplace or any other identity. The campaign will elevate the City's efforts to fight discrimination and hate-motivated speech and actions.

City Council actions

In February, the City Council directed City staff to establish a Sanctuary City Task Force to bring forward a set of recommendations to strengthen city-level policies, programs and resources the City can offer to better protect and defend undocumented immigrant families, Muslim residents and other targeted groups from acts of bigotry and hate, and the rights of refugees from unjust persecution.

The Council also directed the City Coordinator’s Office to continue discussions with the Minneapolis Foundation and other funders, in partnership with the Mayor's Office, to create a local immigration legal defense fund, designed in partnership with immigration service providers. Staff has recommended providing funding to the Volunteer Lawyers Network and the Advocates for Human Rights. The City Attorney, in cooperation with the Mayor, was also directed to review the President’s January 2017 Executive Orders for the purpose of potential litigation and defense strategies to protect the rights of the City of Minneapolis and its residents.

City Council resolutions

Resolution condemning the January 2017 Presidential Executive Orders on lmmigration Enforcement and Refugees.

Resolution affirming the City of Minneapolis' commitment to protecting all citizens from attempts to create a national registry or surveillance based on ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation.

Resolution standing with all members of One Minneapolis.

Resolution condemning violence and hate speech, and expressing solidarity with Muslims and all those targeted for their ethnicity, race, or religion.

Mayor's office

Mayor Hodges delivers special mayoral address: "This is Our Call as a Community and a People--We Get to Come Together Even More"

Mayor Hodges: Support for immigrant community keeps Minneapolis safer

Welcoming City

Given the uncertainty around the term Sanctuary City, the City of Minneapolis recently joined a cohort of cities and counties from around the country to become a Welcoming City. A Welcoming City is one which is an inclusive community and believes that prosperity comes when everyone feels like they belong. It is the belief that all people, including immigrants, should be valued contributors and are vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future.

Civil Rights Department

The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights upholds and enforces the city’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws. It also investigate allegations of police misconduct. The department is an important resource. If you, your family or someone you know experiences harassment or discrimination based on their race, religion, national origin, sex, LGBT status or other protected classes,  or have been the victim of police misconduct, please contact (612) 673-3012 or visit www.minneapolismn.gov/civilrights/ 

Resources/fact sheets

Poster: What to do if you have been a victim of a hate crime

Volunteer Lawyers Network Family Preparedness Toolkit-Minnesota

Know your rights: Information for students and families

What to do if Immigration and Customs Enforcement is at your door (English)

What to do if Immigration and Customs Enforcement is at your door (Spanish)

Minneapolis Police Department

The Minneapolis Police Department adheres to the City's separation ordinance: "Public safety officials shall not undertake any law enforcement action for the purpose of detecting the presence of undocumented persons, or to verify immigration status, including but not limited to question any person or persons about their immigration status."

Chief Harteau's statement on immigrant communities and videos on MPD policies regarding immigration


Volunteer Lawyers Network: The nonprofit provides civil legal services to low-income people through volunteer attorneys.

The Advocates for Human Rights: The nonprofit focuses on promoting human rights around the world.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota: A nonprofit agency that provides immigration legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.

Teaching Tolerance: A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

American Civil Liberties Union: The nearly 100-year-old organization focuses on defending and preserving individual rights and liberties.

ASISTA: ASISTA's goal is to provide national leadership, advocacy, training and technical assistance to those working with crime survivors seeking secure immigration status, especially those who have suffered gender-based violence.







Last updated May 25, 2017



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