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Civil Rights

Information about the City of Albuquerque's Office of Civil Rights.

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. 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.

Our Work

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:

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.

Guiding Laws

The Office of Civil Rights is guided by and accountable for these and other city ordinances, resolutions, federal and state laws:

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Fair Housing Act of 1968
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • The American with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • The New Mexico Human Rights Act
  • The City of Albuquerque Human Rights Ordinance

Office Staff

Managing Attorney/Director – Torri Jacobus
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Program Coordinator - Crystal Velarde
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Office number – 505-768-4595

ADA Advisory Council

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Human Rights Board

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