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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Mayor Keller renews our commitment to celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day in Albuquerque!
10/12/2020

Mayor Keller renews our commitment to celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day in Albuquerque!

In this city we celebrate the contributions and history of native people in our community and the critical role they have played in making Albuquerque what it is today, which is why we have once again declared today Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Today and everyday, we prioritize government-to-government relationships with our neighbor Tribes and Pueblos, and recognize our shared responsibility for native safety and wellbeing.

10/06/2020
Albuquerque City Clerk

Early voting and same day voter registration has started at the Clerk's Annex located at 1500 Lomas NW, Suite A.

We hope to see you there!

Will you be an #OctoberVoter? The Clerk's Annex opens today from 8-5 for early voting and voter registration - and will be open M-F October 6 through 16th. Visit www.berncovotes.org for early vote locations beginning the 17th. #makeaplan #OneAlbuquerqueVotes

10 minutes to answer will bring 10 years of funds to Albuquerque. It is quick and easy. Just go to www.2020census.gov an...
09/22/2020
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10 minutes to answer will bring 10 years of funds to Albuquerque. It is quick and easy. Just go to www.2020census.gov and answer the questions about your household today. #onealbuquerque #IcountNM #everyonecounts

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

NEW MEXICO COMMISSION ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMUNITY WEBINAR SERIES A series of free online webinars addressing civil le...
09/11/2020

NEW MEXICO COMMISSION ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE

COMMUNITY WEBINAR SERIES
A series of free online webinars addressing civil legal issues designed for representatives from non-profit organizations, educational institutions, health care providers, social service agencies, local government, libraries, faith-based associations, and the business community.

The NM Commission on Access to Justice is an independent, statewide body dedicated to expanding and improving civil legal assistance in the state.

1. Wednesday, September 9: Immigration Issues and Resources
2. Wednesday, September 23: Kinship Guardianship Issues and Resources
3. Wednesday, October 7: Landlord-Tenant Issues and Resources

All sessions are from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

To register for any of the webinars, please email [email protected]. You will be provided with the links to the webinars you register for.

To register for any of the webinars, please use the email address below. You will be provided with the links to webinars that you register for.

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS: NMILC, UNM School of Law, ACLU of NM, NM Legal Aid & PEGASUS

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.

Address

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

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(505) 768-4595

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