City of Albuquerque Office of Civil Rights

City of Albuquerque Office of Civil Rights The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) works to protect the community by prohibiting discrimination in areas of housing, public accommodation, and employment, providing a mechanism for recourse, and providing education to the community.
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Operating as usual

09/01/2020

ALBUQUERQUE CIVIL LAW TELECLINIC FREE LEGAL CONSULTATIONS WITH ATTORNEYS
Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Held remotely over the phone
* Landlord/Tenant
* Personal Injury
* Immigration
*Public Benefits

*Credit/Debtor
*Wills/Probate
*Problems with the IRS
*Foreclosure

* Adult Guardianship
*Bankruptcy
*Real ID/Driver Authorization Card
*Name Change

*Contracts
*Powers of Attorney
*Unemployment
*SSI/SSDI




Consultations are on a registration basis ONLY.

To register, please call (505) 545-8554



For more information, please call (505) 545-8554

Sponsored by the Second Judicial District Court Pro Bono Committee and the Volunteer Attorney Program (A program of New Mexico Legal Aid)

09/01/2020

ALBUQUERQUE FAMILY LAW TELECLINIC
FREE FAMILY LAW CONSULTATIONS WITH ATTORNEYS

Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

HELD REMOTELY OVER THE PHONE

* Child Support
* Custody
* Kinship Guardianship
* Divorce
* Domestic Violence
* Visitation
* Paternity Issues
Consultations are on a registration basis ONLY.

To register, please call (505) 545-8554

For more information, please call (505) 545-8554
Sponsored by the Second Judicial District Court Pro Bono Committee and the Volunteer Attorney Program

AT RISK OF EVICTION? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW OR DO?ISN’T THERE A MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS?THERE IS A MORATORIUM FOR TENA...
08/27/2020
Rental Assistance

AT RISK OF EVICTION? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW OR DO?
ISN’T THERE A MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS?
THERE IS A MORATORIUM FOR TENANTS WHO ARE UNABLE TO PAY THEIR RENT. YOU MUST GO TO THE COURT HEARING TO EXPLAIN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES TO THE JUDGE to be protected by the moratorium. You will still owe the rent for all months when the moratorium ends. Try negotiating an agreement with the landlord to repay the rent over time so you can stay in your home when the moratorium is over.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS GET LEGAL ADVICE Landlord Tenant Hotline: 505-273-5040 FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION Call New Mexico Legal Aid 1-833-454-4357 RENTER’S GUIDE lawhelpnewmexico.org/ node/9/renters-guide Consider the pros and cons of challenging an eviction case. You can choose to leave before going to the court but should notify the landlord. The landlord can still file in court for rent owed. Decide what is best for you.
WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE EVICTION?
LANDLORD IS REQUIRED TO GIVE YOU A 3, 7, OR 30-DAY NOTICE. REMEMBER, YOU CANNOT BE EVICTED WITHOUT A COURT ORDER. YOU MUST ATTEND THE COURT HEARING to tell your side of the story to avoid eviction. (During the pandemic, the Court hearing is by phone or internet as explained in the Court papers you will receive.)
DID NOT PAY RENT OR LATE WITH RENT
(3 DAY NOTICE)
APPLY FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE. cabq.gov/help/rental-assistance
You have 3 days to pay rent or the landlord can file in court to evict. Go to court and explain you are unable to pay the rent.
THERE IS NO MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS FOR THESE CASES. You have the right to go to court to challenge the eviction. If you do not go to the hearing, you will be evicted.
LEASE VIOLATION, EXCEPT FOR NONPAYMENT OF RENT (3 DAY OR 7 DAY NOTICE)
RENTAL AGREEMENT/LEASE IS ENDING (30 DAY NOTICE)

Find rental assistance in Albuquerque.

07/29/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Join us for a community led discussion regarding Operation Legend today at 2pm.

Panelists will be:
Torri Jacobus - Office of Civil Rights
Pamelya Herndon - KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change
Representative Moe Maetas - NM House of Representatives
Jim Harvey - Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice

The panel will be moderated by Devont'e Watson.

Zoom Link: https://hsc-unm.zoom.us/j/92604533726

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/683223532279268

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Mayor Tim Keller
07/22/2020

Mayor Tim Keller

There is no place for Trump's secret police in our city.

"It is an unconstitutional affront to representative democracy. These forces do not abide by the constitutional crime fi...
07/21/2020

"It is an unconstitutional affront to representative democracy. These forces do not abide by the constitutional crime fighting reforms implemented under the DOJ, and will break the trust APD and our community have invested years in rebuilding." - City Attorney Esteban Aguilar, Jr.

There is no place for Trump's secret police in our city.

Please join us tomorrow, July 21, 2020, at 4:30 pm for the Albuquerque Human Rights Board meeting. Members of the public...
07/20/2020

Please join us tomorrow, July 21, 2020, at 4:30 pm for the Albuquerque Human Rights Board meeting.

Members of the public can join the meeting via Zoom. The meeting will also be broadcast via GovTV and YouTube (see below for links). The GovTV broadcast will have closed captioning. The Zoom broadcast will have ASL Interpreters.

The agenda may be viewed at https://www.cabq.gov/civilrights/events/albuquerque-human-rights-board-meeting-july-21-2020

Verbal Comments - Please sign up with the Office of Civil Rights, Crystal Velarde 505-768-4595. Comments can also be submitted in writing to the City of Albuquerque Human Rights Board, via the Office of Civil Rights at [email protected].

Accommodation: If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation of your disability in order to be able to read the agenda or to observe this public meeting, please contact Crystal Velarde at (505) 768-4595 or [email protected].

Zoom: https://cabq.zoom.us/j/91679558942?pwd=MHp2OUdrMmZ4c3J1T1kyY1EzdEc0QT09

YouTube: https://youtu.be/9z7Z6ScVpts

GovTV: https://cabq.gov/culturalservices/govtv

Happy International Non-Binary People’s Day.! This occasion shines a light on those who identify as non-binary and celeb...
07/14/2020
Celebrating International Non-Binary Day 2020 | Human Rights Campaign

Happy International Non-Binary People’s Day.! This occasion shines a light on those who identify as non-binary and celebrates the rich diversity of the community.

https://www.hrc.org/blog/celebrating-the-diversity-of-the-non-binary-community-for-international-non

July 14 is recognized around the world as an occasion to shine a light on those who identify as non-binary and celebrates the rich diversity of the community.

07/14/2020

Please join us for the remaining community sessions in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Business Meeting on the Albuquerque Closed Captioning Ordinance, Wednesday, July 15th, 8:30 AM

Followed by Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Wednesday, July 15th, 10 AM

Fair Housing, Thursday, July 23rd, 4:30 PM

Service Animals, Friday, July 31st, 11 AM

All sessions will be conducted via zoom. To register or for questions, please contact Jordan Vargas at [email protected]

Come out and get your free COVID test on 7/18/20 from 8:30 am to 11 am at 1610 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102!
07/13/2020

Come out and get your free COVID test on 7/18/20 from 8:30 am to 11 am at 1610 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102!

Please join us for our ADA 30th Anniversary events!History of the ADA, Thursday, July 2nd, 12 PMCommunity Meeting on the...
06/29/2020

Please join us for our ADA 30th Anniversary events!

History of the ADA, Thursday, July 2nd, 12 PM

Community Meeting on the Albuquerque Closed Captioning Ordinance, Tuesday, July 7th, 12:30 PM

Followed by Effective Communication and Hearing Loss Awareness, Tuesday, July 7th, 2 PM

Sociological View of Disability, Monday, July 13th, 12 PM

Business Meeting on the Albuquerque Closed Captioning Ordinance, Wednesday, July 15th, 8:30 AM

Followed by Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Wednesday, July 15th, 10 AM

Fair Housing, Thursday, July 23rd, 4:30 PM

Service Animals, Friday, July 31st, 11 AM

All sessions will be conducted via zoom. To register or for questions, please contact Jordan Vargas at [email protected]

06/25/2020
UNM Division for Equity and Inclusion

Join us now for a conversation centering the voices of Black Womxn, Youth, and Queer communities and making space for silenced voices of the BLM movement.

Join us on 6/25 at 5pm for Soft & Strong: Centering Black Womxn, Youth, and Queer Communities Dialogue -Digital/Virtual(...
06/18/2020

Join us on 6/25 at 5pm for Soft & Strong: Centering Black Womxn, Youth, and Queer Communities Dialogue -Digital/Virtual(Zoom). https://unm.zoom.us/j/91406790952

A conversation centering the voices of Black Womxn, Youth, and Queer communities and making space for silenced voices of the BLM movement. The conversation is digital and will include human rights &i ntersectionality, uplifting silenced voices from Black Womxn, Youth, and Queer communities through spoken word, art, dance, & sharing of experiences. Also a brief discussion of self-care and what is next/action steps.

06/15/2020
Mayor Tim Keller

Mayor Keller announced a great shift in Albuquerque's approach to public safety and policing.

He announced a civilian-based emergency response department—sending trained experts instead of police to respond to calls where needed, on mental health, homelessness, and other issues.

See below for the press conference with a detailed discussion.

Today, we’re announcing a first of its kind concept for our city – a civilian public safety branch to dispatch trained professionals to calls on mental health, addiction and homelessness. This new cabinet-level department will take armed police officers out of these situations and keep their focus on violent crime.

***Human Rights Board Votes Unanimously to Move Forward with Investigation***During their Special Meeting held on Wednes...
06/05/2020
Human Rights Board

***Human Rights Board Votes Unanimously to Move Forward with Investigation***

During their Special Meeting held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to discuss issues related to the recent BlackLivesMatter/George Floyd protests occurring across the nation and locally, the City of Albuquerque Human Rights Board listened to more than 3 hours of public comment. As a result of the various concerns brought forth by City of Albuquerque residents, the Human Rights Board unanimously voted to move forward with an investigation on the Albuquerque Police Department’s response and actions in connection with the BlackLivesMatter/George Floyd protests that have taken place in the city.

In the next couple of weeks, the Human Rights Board will be scheduling another Special Meeting to discuss the process and procedure that will be used to carry out their investigation. The date and agenda for this meeting will be posted on their website - https://www.cabq.gov/civilrights/human-rights-board.

The Human Rights Board was established by ordinance in 1974 to assure the public safety, public health and general welfare of the community. It is charged to preserve, protect, and promote human rights and human dignity, to promote and encourage the recognition and exercise of human responsibility, to protect and promote equality of access to public goods and services, and to prohibit discrimination. The powers of the Board include making recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, or Chief Administrative Officer based upon its findings concerning problems occasioned by prejudice and discrimination and recommend corrective action. The Board may also hold hearings and carry out programs of research and investigation into the existence, cause, prevention, and remedy of inter-group tensions and hostility, and prejudice and discrimination within the community and may inform and educate the community as to the results of such research and investigation.

For any questions or more information, please send an email to [email protected] addressed to the Human Rights Board or by calling (505) 768-4595.

Information about the Albuquerque Human Rights Board.

06/02/2020

*** Alert: Mayor Keller Announces Human Rights Board to Convene Special Meeting This Week on Racism. City of Albuquerque board to hold public hearings, give residents a voice against discrimination

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – This week, the City of Albuquerque Human Rights Board, established to give the public a voice in fighting racism, discrimination and other forms of prejudice, will hold a special meeting to discuss the latest developments in the #BlackLivesMatter protests sweeping the nation and the local community. The meeting will be Wednesday, June 3rd, from 4:30pm-7:30pm.

The Human Rights Board was established by ordinance in 1974 to assure the public safety, public health and general welfare of the community. It is charged to preserve, protect, and promote human rights and human dignity, to promote and encourage the recognition and exercise of human responsibility, to protect and promote equality of access to public goods and services, and to prohibit discrimination. The powers of the Board include making recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, or Chief Administrative Officer based upon its findings concerning problems occasioned by prejudice and discrimination and recommend corrective action. The Board may also conduct programs of research and investigation into the existence, cause, prevention, and remedy of inter-group tensions and hostility, and prejudice and discrimination within the community and may inform and educate the community as to the results of such research and investigation.

The deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky; as well as serious threats made against Dr. Charles Becknell, Jr. here in Albuquerque have led to protests and anger throughout the community. The online meeting will include discussion of recent events, their connection and relevance to Albuquerque, and the work our community is doing to find a path forward. There will be a space for public comment.

Dr. Virginia Necochea, the Human Rights Board Chair, said, “The protests we are witnessing are a reflection of the accumulation of the frustration, anger, and despair of People of Color across the US who are tired of the continued injustices committed against them on a daily basis. The Human Rights Board was created to ‘preserve, protect, and promote human rights and human dignity’ in the City of Albuquerque and that is what we are committed to do. We are holding this special meeting to provide a rightful platform to ensure that our community is being heard.”

Shortly after taking office in 2017, Mayor Tim Keller restructured the former Human Rights Office into the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Civil Rights to better address racial disparities and to achieve equity across all populations and indicators. Members of the Human Rights Board are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to serve three-year terms.

Mayor Keller said, “I want to acknowledge the pain, anger, sorrow and frustration. I believe that Black Lives Matter, and so does the City of Albuquerque. We stand in solidarity with the African American community who are grieving the recurring violence against their community. We stand with those calling for justice, and this convening of the board will create space for this important conversation.”

Torri Jacobus, the Director of the City of Albuquerque’s Office of Civil Rights, said, “These protests are welling up from years of frustration over the questions of racism and discrimination that have faced every generation of Americans. Long before the latest round of protests, this administration has made it a priority to address those underlying issues. Through meetings like this, we want people to connect with us, because we all need to be engaged in this discussion find a way forward.”

Those wishing to make public comment are asked sign up ahead of time by emailing [email protected] or calling (505) 768-4595.

05/29/2020
Mayor Tim Keller

We joined Mayor Keller today in acknowledging the hurt and anger that our community is feeling right now. We are all in this together.

George Floyd's murder has left us with rightful anger and grief. As your mayor, I want to acknowledge that pain.

Here in Albuquerque, we stand with those around the nation grieving and seeking justice.

City of Albuquerque Office of Civil Rights

Mayor Keller’s remarks:

Before we get started, I want to talk about George Floyd. He has been on my heart and mind these last few days, as I know he has been for so much of our community. His death has left us with rightful anger and grief. And just weeks after our nation saw the video of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. My words can’t capture the depth of the pain that so many people, especially people of color, are experiencing right now. As your Mayor, I want to acknowledge that pain. Here in Albuquerque, we stand with those grieving these incidents around the nation. We stand with those calling for justice.
I’ve been working with our Chief of Police over the last three years on efforts to restore trust between APD and our community. We know just how important that trust is. It’s not just about all our work engaging with neighborhood leaders, business owners, and people in need. It’s also about how we respond to events. Earlier this morning, the Chief denounced the actions of the Minneapolis police officers and gave a briefing about the protest here last night.

The deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky are horrifying, heart-breaking and unacceptable. Although these murders took place outside of Albuquerque, it does not mean that Albuquerque is shielded from anti-Black and racist behaviors. White people have not done enough to address racism in this country.

The Coronavirus pandemic is exposing and compounding the effects of that inequity. All across America the black community and people of color have been horribly disproportionately affected. On top of that, we have the White House stoking racism, violence and division; during a pandemic when we need compassion and leadership the most.

And so we are here today, with stress from pandemic, a legacy of discrimination all on top of violent crime. Many of us lost our jobs, many of us are suffering from vast anxiety about the future; many of us are depressed, many of us are tired, many of us are angry. For those who are sick and those who in communities that have seen young black men killed by law enforcement, that is all of this tenfold on top of personal grief. This is many in America today, we have to recognize that, we have to try and understand that.

The recent hate incident towards the University of New Mexico Director of Africana Studies Dr. Charles Becknell, Jr. is an example of why we cannot be silent in our city. We have to actively work together to dismantle racism. To be silent is to be complicit. And so we must remind each other, that in Albuquerque, this is not us.

The City of Albuquerque believes that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with the African American community who are grieving the recurring violence against their community. Incidents of anti-Blackness and racism have a long history in our city and country. The recent attacks in our local community and across the nation were made to invoke fear and disunity. We will not buckle under fear and are committed to continuing the work that makes us a unified community.

In this city, and in this administration, we each have a responsibility to work together to dismantle racism. This is a long, long journey, but it’s is one we are going to continue to take. We also know that there are times to protest, a time to express frustration with the system and all that we are going through. These are incredibly tough challenges for our first responders asked to keep the public, including the protestors safe.

Our police department works to avoid confrontation and de-escalate to avoid violence, and to be prepared to save lives. This protocol also includes appropriate engagement when violence is eminent; this was the case last night, as after a relatively peaceful demonstration, families and advocates went home. But hours later, dozens of shots were fired near the protest; the remaining protesters, officers, and neighbors all needed to be kept safe. That is why the department engaged, and we are grateful that despite the gunfire, no one was hurt.

Here at the City, we strive to dismantle the structures of inequality and be actively anti-racist in our work. We have teams dedicated to civil rights, equity and inclusion, and immigrant and refugee affairs. This work starts with ourselves in our own house through employee trainings, and then is embedded in our work building a city that works for everyone.

In this city, we stand up to divisive rhetoric. In this city, we stand together no matter our race or where we come from. We will not let up our efforts for a peaceful, just and equitable ABQ.

The City of Albuquerque, and the Albuquerque Police Department, will continue to work on these issues with our Office of Equity & Inclusion and Office of Civil Rights. We are also educating our workforce along with the community in our anti-racism workshops through the Equity Training Initiative. We ask that each of you continues to do your part by joining us at these workshops and continuing to call out racism and injustice whenever and wherever you see it.

To report a hate crime, please contact Albuquerque Police Department:
• Emergency Calls - 911
• Non-Emergency Calls - (505) 242-COPS or (505) 242-2677
https://www.cabq.gov/police/contact-the-police

To report discrimination, please contact the Office of Civil Rights:
• (505) 768-4595
https://www.cabq.gov/civilrights/filing-a-discrimination-complaint

APD Chief Geier also made remarks:

The death of Mr. Floyd is deeply disturbing and should be of concern to everyone in our country. On behalf of APD and the City of Albuquerque, I would like to offer our sympathy and condolences to the Floyd family. The officers’ actions are inconsistent with the training and protocols of our Department. APD has worked tirelessly to build trust between law enforcement and the community we are sworn to protect. What occurred in Minneapolis is an unfortunate reminder of how quickly bad policing can undermine that trust.

The law enforcement profession must do better and hold ourselves to a higher standard. Our officers are trained to treat all individuals with dignity and respect. This is the essence of the principles of procedural justice. Like APD, most police agencies have taught their officers to de-escalate critical situations and avoid the use of force when possible. We will not tolerate these actions and we denounce any type of brutality. The senseless misconduct demonstrated in this unfortunate incident should not define other police departments across our nation. APD denounces the behavior of the Minneapolis officers and we will continue to build the trust we have established with the community we so proudly serve.

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One Civic Plaza NW
Albuquerque, NM
87102

General information

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) works to protect the community by prohibiting discrimination in areas of housing, public accommodation, and employment, providing a mechanism for recourse, and providing education to the community. We encourage the recognition of human responsibilities, equal access to public goods and service and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, age and physical handicap. The Office of Civil Rights achieves its mission through the work of the following: Human Rights Board and a Human Rights Officer who investigates complaints of discrimination in: Employment Housing Public Accommodations Other forms of discrimination An ADA Coordinator who investigates discrimination complaints against the City of Albuquerque regarding qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(505) 768-4595

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