Department of Civil Rights

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights works to prevent discrimination through educational initiatives that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The department also investigates and resolves discrimination complaints. The Civil Rights Commission, appointed by the governor, is charged by the Michigan state constitution with investigating alleged discrimination against Michigan’s citizens and securing the equal protection of civil rights. The Department of Civil Rights also provides support for the Women’s Commission, the Hispanic/ Latino Commission of Michigan, the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, and Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing. The governor’s proposed budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 recommends total funding of $16.1 million, of which $12.9 million is general fund.

Highlights of Governor’s Budget Recommendation

• The governor’s recommendation maintains $250,000 general fund to continue the agency’s focus on a key initiative, Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust (ALPACT). ALPACT brings state, federal and local law enforcement leaders together with community and religious leaders to address trust issues between police and communities they serve. The 5 existing ALPACT organizations have expanded their membership and activities, while 5 additional cities will launch similar organizations in 2015.

• The Executive Recommendation includes $400,000 general fund savings through vacancy savings and other administrative efficiencies.