Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Johnson named state civil rights director, vows to address hate crimes, health care disparities

BY: - July 27, 2021

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) on Monday voted unanimously to appoint John Johnson as permanent executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) during its two-hour virtual meeting.   The eight-member commission had appointed Johnson to serve as interim executive director at its May 24 meeting. Prior to that, Johnson served as the […]

State civil rights head leaves to become interim Detroit police chief

BY: - May 18, 2021

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Monday that James White will be interim chief of police of the Detroit Police Department (DPD) when James Craig retires at the end of the month. White was Detroit’s assistant police chief before he was appointed by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in August to lead the state’s Department […]

Nessel to appeal court decision on LGBTQ rights

BY: - December 16, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel is filing an appeal a court decision on a lawsuit after a Court of Claims judge last week stated that an anti-discrimination law does not cover discrimination against sexual orientation. The lawsuit, Rouch World LLC et al v Michigan Department of Civil Rights et al, was filed in early 2020 by […]

Civil Rights Commission cites education ‘inequities’ in report inspired by Flint water crisis

BY: - October 1, 2020

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) on Wednesday released a 62-page report outlining inequities in Michigan’s K-12 education system. It offered specific recommendations for action that policy makers and educators can implement to make achieving educational equity a priority in Michigan schools. The report, approved during a Zoom meeting, is the culmination of a series […]

Economic security issues top Michigan women’s concerns, commission chief says 

BY: - August 26, 2020

On the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, the Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC) announced it is moving from the Department of Civil Rights to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) to prioritize economic issues Michigan women face every day. Michigan Women’s Commission Executive Director Cheryl Bergman, who served as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s former […]

Detroit police official James White tapped to lead state civil rights dept.

BY: - August 25, 2020

In a special meeting Monday, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission selected James White, second-in-command of the Detroit Police Department, to serve as executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR).  In the culmination of a process that lasted nearly one year, White was selected by a majority of the eight-member commission. Chair Stacie […]

After delays, civil rights panel could name new leader next week

BY: - August 20, 2020

After almost a year and a series of delays, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) is poised to name its next executive director on Monday.   The announcement comes after the body met Wednesday and interviewed seven candidates vying to serve as the top Michigan Department of Civil Rights administrative official. After the interviews, commissioners voted […]

Bill would create civil rights office for African, Caribbean, Diaspora residents

BY: - July 24, 2020

State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) wants Michiganders of African descent to have more of a say in the state’s civil rights policy-making process. Senate Bill 1034, introduced by Geiss on Thursday, would establish the African, Caribbean and Diaspora Affairs Commission and the Office of African, Caribbean and Diaspora Affairs. Both would be housed within the […]

Civil rights commission rejects finalist with Flint water crisis ties 

BY: - June 16, 2020

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Monday voted to reject Harvey Hollins the sole finalist for its executive director position. The former aide for Gov. Rick Snyder, who was involved in the Flint Water crisis, failed to receive a majority vote as the body reached a 4-4 deadlock. Members who voted against Hollins said that […]

New civil rights chief to be chosen next week

BY: - March 3, 2020

After more than six months without a permanent executive director, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) will have its final candidate for the position chosen by next week. The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has been conducting a national search for a permanent department director since October. The commissioners fired former MDCR director Augustin Arbulu […]

AG backs disabilities housing lawsuit

BY: - January 31, 2020

Attorney General Danaa Nessel, along with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), filed an amicus brief Wednesday with the Michigan Court of Appeals that states Michigan laws requiring modifications to residential units for new tenants with disabilities should also apply to existing tenants who may develop disabilities. […]

2 join Civil Rights Commission, timeline set to replace Arbulu

BY: - January 28, 2020

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Monday approved new leadership and swore in two new commissioners.  The panel also approved a timeline and process for selecting a permanent director for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). The commission fired Director Agustin Arbulu in August amid sexual harassment allegations. In November, Mary Engelman, acting Michigan […]