General information about the Office of Diversity & Human Rights.
The Albuquerque Human Rights Ordinance was enacted in January 1974 and is administered by the City of Albuquerque Human Rights Board through the Office of Diversity and Human Rights. The Ordinance prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age (only in employment), or physical disability in employment, housing or public accommodations.
The Ordinance provides for resolution of discrimination complaints and a broad range of human rights related activities.
There are seven members on the Board, appointed by the Mayor and the City Council for a four-year term. The members must be residents of Albuquerque. The Mayor's recommendations are approved by the City Council.
It is the mission of the Human Rights Board and the Office of Diversity and Human Rights to promote trust, equality, understanding, and respect among the people of Albuquerque and between the people and government agencies; and to endeavor that all people may enjoy their rights and pursue their opportunities on an equal basis.
Our staff works closely with public and private agencies, civil rights agencies and community organizations representing or providing services to minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, youth and seniors to promote equality and awareness on human/civil rights issues, and to reduce inter-group tension and hostility.
The Office heightens community awareness and promotes sensitivity to the diversity of the residents of Albuquerque by promoting and sponsoring and/or cosponsoring events and activities that support the cause of human rights.