Department of Civil Rights
Velma J. Korbel, Director
350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In June of 1978, Rep. Horton introduced a joint house Resolution which proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’" This joint resolution was passed by the House and then the Senate and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978 to become law.
Over the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990 when Congress expanded the observance to a month for 1990. In 1992 Congress designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. A majority of the workers who laid the tracks for the transcontinental railroad were Chinese immigrants.
The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights looks forward to celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with our community partners. Information regarding local events/celebrations and links to resources related to Asian-Pacific Heritage are found here.
To issue fair and impartial decisions that promote transparency and garner public trust
To be the leading Civil Rights agency at the forefront of establishing civil rights protections for the City of Minneapolis
The Complaint Investigations Division will conduct FAIR investigations to promote our values of fellowship, advancement, integrity, and respect to remedy and deter acts of discrimination
Fellowship - Promote fellowship with legal and diverse regional communities, to cultivate partnerships that promote the ideals of equity, equality, and justice
Advancement - We enforce the Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance with a commitment to advancing the public interest of civil rights
Integrity – We hold our ourselves accountable to a high ethical code, ensuring the integrity of the Division’s/Department’s administrative process
Respect – We respect all parties and community partners by maintaining a work environment of professionalism and civility
Last updated Feb 10, 2015