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About MDCR

We Enforce Civil Rights Laws.


MDCR’s primary purpose is to investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, education, housing, public accommodation, law enforcement and public service. The alleged discrimination must have taken place in the last 180 days and must be based on religion, race, color, national origin, arrest record, genetic information, sex, age, height, weight, marital status or disability.

We Prevent Discrimination.


MDCR is committed to preventing discrimination and working to bridge gaps in understanding and trust. We engage with community and faith-based organizations, advocates and law enforcement agencies to address civil rights issues and build partnerships to promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. MDCR offers training on a range of topics including cultural competency, disability, sexual harassment, housing discrimination, hate crimes and civil rights law. We also partner with communities to examine racial and ethnic disparities and the role they play in Michigan’s economic and social environment.


We Serve Communities.


MDCR works to support diversity and inclusion and to serve the needs of specific residents.

Meet the Executive Director - John E. Johnson, Jr.

John. E. Johnson, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and a member of the cabinet of Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Get To Know Director Johnson

Virtual Intake Now Available

Are you facing discrimination and unsure where to turn? The Michigan Department of Civil Rights now allows you to connect with a Claims Examiner in a secure and private virtual setting.

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Find Our Offices

Our offices are located in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Office Locations