Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity 

Welcome to the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO). HREEO is serving Saint Paul residents and businesses by advancing justice through advocacy and enforcement. HREEO achieves its mission by upholding the following values:

  • Trust and accountability
  • Community Inclusion
  • Openness
  • Continuous Improvement

We welcome you to join our efforts.

The Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity is composed of several divisions that perform a diverse array of functions.

The Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity staffs and partners with several advisory boards, which work to better inform policy makers.   


Join the HREEO Commission for a Fair Housing Basics training. This introduction to fair housing law reviews a wide range of legal responses to discrimination in housing, as well as Saint Paul historical events and cases from the mid-19th Century to 2020.  Attendees will also learn about the most frequent kinds of complaints and the most successful strategies and tactics for protecting residents’ human rights in housing.  

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

To register, email Bertrene Cage.

December 10, 2020 is Human Rights Day 

Core to the mission of HREEO is enforcing several City of Saint Paul housing, employment and labor laws. December 10, 2020 is Universal Human Rights Day. Human Rights organizations will be recognizing the need for awareness and action in protecting the rights of our most vulnerable human beings.

Mayor Melvin Carter proclaimed December 10, 2020 as Human Rights Day in the City of Saint Paul. 



Read the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights also available as a PDF. Visit the United Nations translation tool that provides the declaration in over 500 languages. 

 HREEO Service Changes

While Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) walk-up services are closed in alignment with public health official guidance around COVID-19, HREEO remains open to respond to the needs of the community. Staff are working remotely and able to assist.

Individuals can file complaints either over the phone or electronically. Please note that many HREEO commissions and committee meetings will be held remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For general inquiries, please call the HREEO general line at (651) 266-8966 or email:

What is HREEO?  

The City of Saint Paul completed an equal access audit in 2007 to examine the city's contracting and workforce development policies. As a result, HREEO was created to improve the inclusive contracting practices and workforce development strategies of the City of Saint Paul. The department consolidated existing city resources to better serve, monitor, and enforce polices designed to expand economic opportunities and produce a more economically inclusive Saint Paul. 

Read the 2019 HREEO Annual Report

Visit HREEO Publications for additional event videos and reports.             ​

Last Edited: January 19, 2021