The Human Rights Division of the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination that have taken place within the City of Saint Paul.
The Human Rights Division is a neutral, fact-finding agency and does not represent either party in its investigations. Please note that as a matter of practice, to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, the Human Rights division does not investigate charges of discrimination filed against another department of the City of Saint Paul. City of Saint Paul Legislative Code Chapter 183 empowers the Human Rights division to investigate human rights complaints on the basis of:
- Marital Status
- Familial Status
- Sexual Orientation
- National Origin
- Status with regard to Public Assistance
Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity Commission
The HREEO Commission is responsible for monitoring and advising the department on promoting justice, equity, and confronting discriminatory practices occurring within the City of Saint Paul. The HREEO Commission hears and determines discrimination complaints, serves in an advisory capacity to the Human Rights Director, and serves as the Fair Housing Council.
Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
Human Rights Specialists serve as the city-staff liaisons for the Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities (MACPD). The MACPD is responsible for advising and making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding problems, issues, and opportunities facing people with disabilities, specifically, focusing on issues related to employment, public education, and accessibility.
Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission
The Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) is housed in the Human Rights Department. This group of nine civilians reviews complaints against Saint Paul Police Department Officers and makes recommendations to the Chief of Police. The Commission's coordinator works with individuals to help them file complaints and navigate the complaint process.
Human Rights Specialists
Human Rights Specialists conduct investigations based on complaints the division receives. Upon investigation of a complaint and applicable law, Human Rights Specialists make a recommendation of Probable Cause (PC) or No Probable Cause (NPC) subject to the approval of the director. Human Rights Specialists may also facilitate Pre-Determination Settlement Agreements (PDSA) and conciliation sessions when there is a finding of PC.
Human Rights Division Audit
In 2017, the HREEO Commission completed an audit of the Human Rights Division. The purpose of the audit was to identify assets and gaps in the case management and review process, and to produce recommendations to ensure greater effectiveness, efficiency, transparency, and accountability in service to the community.
Human Rights Videos
Watch our public service announcements and learn more about your civil rights.
- "Have you been a victim of discrimination?" (English I)
- "Have you been a victim of discrimination" (English II)
- "¿Ha sido víctima de discriminación?" (Spanish I)
- "¿Ha sido víctima de discriminación?" (Spanish II)
- “Koj puas tau raug tsim txom los ntawm kev ntxub ntxaug?” (Hmong I)
- “Koj puas tau raug tsim txom los ntawm kev ntxub ntxaug?” (Hmong II)
Additional Human Rights and Fair Housing information
- Your Civil Rights
- Your Right to Demonstrate and Protest
- Complaint Investigation Process
- Guidelines for the Complainant
- Intake Questionnaire
- Emotional Support Animal video
- Support Animal video
The Human Rights Division also performs educational functions such as informing Saint Paul residents and community members about the importance of creating an inclusive community. Contact us for additional information or to request for a presentation.