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What is the Minnesota Department of Human Rights

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a neutral state agency that: 

  • Investigates charges of illegal discrimination, 
  • Ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and 
  • Strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the state Human Rights Act.

Our mission: To make Minnesota discrimination free.

Our values: Quality, timeliness, efficiency, service, fairness and respect. 

Our vision: That we will eradicate discrimination and empower every person in Minnesota with the ability to enjoy all of the benefits of society regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, familial status, and public assistance status. 



Rebecca Lucero was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights on Jan. 3, 2019 by Governor Tim Walz. Lucero, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has extensive policy, legal, and nonprofit leadership experience, including her work as Public Policy Director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, and her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, with a focus in employment law.Read more about Commissioner Rebecca Lucero.

Deputy Commissioner


Irina Vaynerman has experience working in a variety of civil rights organizations across the country, focusing on racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and immigrant rights. She is proud to call Minnesota her home. Irina has worked with several non-profits, and was an attorney with a civil rights law firm in Detroit, Michigan, where she litigated statutory and constitutional anti-discrimination claims.  Read more about Deputy Commissioner Irina Vaynerman.

Contact Us

intake_tn To speak with someone about your rights under the Minnesota Human Rights Act or to file a charge of discrimination, call our office at 651.539.1100 (711 or 1.800.627.3529 MN Relay) or toll free at 800.657.3704. You may also contact us by email, mail, or in person.

Directions & Parking

directions Find directions to our Saint Paul office here, as well as information on parking options at the capitol complex and delivery and drop-off directions for vendors. Information about our Saint Cloud office is available here.

Department Reports

figures_tn In the Reports section you'll find data highlighting the Department's performance in investigating charges of discrimination and resolving such charges, as well as the Department's report to the legislature. The Department's affirmative action plan is also available here.

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