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Executive Office

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John E. Johnson, Jr.

Executive Director

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Mailing Address

3054 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 3-600 Detroit, MI 48202

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Contact Information

Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Phone: 313-456-3700

Toll-Free: 800-482-3604

TTY: 877-878-8464

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The Michigan Department of Civil Rights investigates complaints of discrimination in Michigan, and works to prevent discrimination through education and outreach. MDCR enforces the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act.

Legislative Liaison

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Jerome Reide

Legislative Liaison

Mailing Address 110 W. Michigan Ave. Suite 800, Lansing, MI 48933
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Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Phone: 517-335-3165

The Legislative Liaison researches and advises on key bills introduced in the House and Senate potentially impacting civil rights in Michigan. The liaison serves as the key advisor between the Michigan Civil Rights Department and the Governor’s Legislative Affairs Division, executive agencies, legislators and staff, committee clerks and legislative agencies.

Disability Rights and Compliance

Organization Details

Tyra Khan

Director, Disability Rights and Compliance Division

Mailing Address

3054 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 3-600 Detroit, MI 48202

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Contact Information

Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

517-241-1217

The Disability Rights and Compliance Division, known as the ADA Compliance Division until late last year, is made up of four distinct areas: ADA related duties; the Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing; FOIA; and Contract Compliance.

 

Finance and Management Services

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Abdel Aly

Director of Finance and Management Services

Mailing Address

110 W. Michigan Ave. Suite 800, Lansing, MI 48933

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Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Phone: 517-335-3165

The Finance and Management Services division coordinates and implements the information technology, budgetary, special services and liaison work for the department. These services include:

  • Providing on-boarding and off-boarding of staff. Managing laptops and workstations, smart devices and shared intranet and internet services
  • Managing IT Equipment, logistics and software requests/deployment. Ensuring compliance with DTMB-IT rules and regulations as well as overseeing cyber security
  • Representing the department in cross-departmental commissions and boards designation, including Protect Michigan Commission, Broadband Task Force, State Emergency Manager, and Office of Inspector General
  • Leading Emergency Management response, technical assistance, and recovery efforts by the state to state and local emergency managers as well as community-based stakeholders

Communications

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Vicki Levengood

Communications Director

Mailing Address

110 W. Michigan Ave. Suite 800, Lansing, MI 48933

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Contact Information

Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Phone: 517-335-3165

The Communications Office oversees all external and internal communication activities of the Department. The Communications Team is responsible for media relations and message development on behalf of the Department and the Commission and provides guidance on branding and messaging to all Department Divisions and the Commission.

Community Engagement and Education

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Anthony Lewis

Director, Community Engagement and Education

Mailing Address

3054 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 3-600 Detroit, MI 48202

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Contact Information

Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Phone: 313-456-3740

The Community Engagement and Education division offers training on a range of topics including cultural competency, disability, sexual harassment, housing discrimination, hate crimes and civil rights law by partnering with communities to examine racial and ethnic disparities and the role they play in Michigan's economic and social environment.

This division is also actively engaged in the following groups:

  • Advocates & Leaders for Police and Community Trust (ALPACT) - bringing law enforcement and community leaders together to build trust and facilitate communication and cooperation.
  • The Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC) - working towards eliminating hate crimes and bias incidents in Michigan.

Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing

Organization Details

Annie Urasky

Director, Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing

Mailing Address

3054 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 3-600 Detroit, MI 48202

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Contact Information

Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

VP: 313-437-7035

Toll-Free Voice/TTY: 313-437-7035

Fax: 313-456-3721

The Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing concentrates on serving Michigan residents who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing. From the Not Without Us survey, approximately 7.4% of Michigan residents identify as deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. The Division's mission is to affirm the indisputable right of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Persons to secure effective communication. The Division receives input and guidance from a thirteen-member Advisory Council appointed by the Governor. The Division engages with state government agencies, relevant entities and community stakeholders in educational awareness and addressing the needs and concerns of individuals who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. Various services include information and technical assistance to entities required to provide interpreters or other communication-related accommodations, training and workshops, and enhancing awareness about opportunities to create equitable opportunities and policies for effective communication access.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Organization Details

Alfredo Hernandez

Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mailing Address

110 W. Michigan Ave. Suite 800 Lansing, MI 48933

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Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

517-335-3165

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion division develops educational training session and resources designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and its impact in the work we do and the people we serve, including creating tools and resources to help guide and sustain equitable access and providing educational opportunities where organizations can establish a common language, framework, and the steps required to strategically operationalize equity.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion division also engages in the work of establishing internal and external initiatives centered on increasing cultural competency. This division collaborates with multiple sectors of the state, is a part of the Governor's COVID-19 Task Force on Racial Equity and works closely with Equity and Inclusion Officers across the state to establish consistent approaches across state agencies. It also houses the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver program, which waives tuition costs for eligible Native Americans attending Michigan's public colleges and universities. 

General Counsel

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Lamont Satchel

General Counsel

Mailing Address

3054 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 3-600 Detroit, MI 48202

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Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

313-456-3700

The General Counsel provides legal support for the Commission and Department. The position also analyzes pending legislation impacting civil rights in Michigan, and assists the Commission with amicus briefs, resolutions, or other documents.  

Enforcement

Organization Details

Marcelina Trevino

Director of Enforcement

Mailing Address

3054 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 3-600 Detroit, MI 48202

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Contact Information

Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

313-456-3700

The Enforcement Division is charged with investigating complaints of unlawful discrimination under the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) and the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA). The work of complaint investigations, with the assistance of Legal Affairs, falls primarily to the staff of the Enforcement Division. Approximately 68% of MDCR employees work in the Enforcement Division.