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Human Rights

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Department staff clockwise, starting at top center:
Kelly Larson, Director, Manisha Paudel, Human Relations Specialist, Carol Spinoso, Intake Specialist, André Lessears, Training & Workforce Development Coordinator, and Nikola Pavelic, Community Engagement Coordinator.

Who We Are

In the Human Rights Department, we work with residents, other City departments, and other community institutions to develop fair and equitable access to government and community services and to support a more inclusive community.  Specific approaches guide our work. 
Kelly Larson
Contact Us

1300 Main St.
City Hall Annex
Dubuque, IA 52001

Phone: 563.589.4190 
TDD/TTY: 563.589.4193
Fax: 563.690.6691

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

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What We Do
Traditionally, the Human Rights Department focused solely on reactive enforcement through civil rights laws.  We recognize there remain times when enforcement is necessary, and we encourage the public to report concerns about anything that may be a civil rights violation or that causes concerns in terms of how people are being treated in the community.

We also recognize that sometimes there are individuals and groups in our community who are disconnected and looking for ways to get connected or access services.  We proactively "reach-in" to these groups in order to identify needs and either connect the groups to resources or mediate more effective service delivery by City departments and/or other community institutions.  We encourage individuals and groups who are feeling disconnected from the larger community or from city or community resources to contact us.

Finally, we work with others towards more sustainable solutions to civil and human rights issues.  Every member of our community has a role to play in developing and working toward these solutions, and we invite you to contribute o these efforts through both learning and action.

As individuals, we all have things to learn about working with our differences in positive and effective ways.  Our department offers awareness and skill building workshops for City staff and for the general public.  We also offer basic workshops on civil rights law.

As a community, we face complex social issues that lack a simple solution and that require individuals and institutions working together in order to address.  There are several ways that you can take action as a volunteer to be part of these efforts.
We encourage the public to contact our office.  Ask us questions.  Let us know your concerns.  Share your ideas.  Get involved.  It will take all of us working together in order for our community to continually become safer, more civil, and more inclusive as we face growth and change.

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