Legal resources in Minnesota
The Fourth Judicial District is the largest trial court in Minnesota and services Hennepin County. The Hennepin County District Court has two walk-in Self Help Centers that offer services to people who are representing themselves in court.
For 100 years, Legal Aid has worked in pursuit of helping Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens gain access to their basic rights for safety, shelter, food, health care and education.
Volunteer Lawyer Network seeks to provide as many low-income persons as possible with a positive outcome to their legal matter.
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services provides free, high-quality legal help to low-income people in critical civil matters.
The Minnesota Legislature has designated the county attorney as the official with authority to prosecute crimes in Minnesota.
Fair employment practice agencies in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is the state agency within the Governor's Cabinet responsible for enforcing the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity
The Human Rights Division of the Saint Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination that have taken place within the City of Saint Paul.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. To submit an inquiry and schedule an appointment for an interview please use the online portal system. The system can also be accessed by going directly to the EEOC website.
Housing resources in Minneapolis
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.
The Housing Justice Center is a nonprofit public interest advocacy and legal organization whose primary mission is to preserve and expand affordable housing for low income individuals and families.
The HOME Line provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. They work to improve public and private policies relating to rental housing by involving affected tenants in the process
Labor resources in Minnesota
City of Minneapolis Labor Standards Enforcement Division
The Labor Standards Enforcement Division (LSED) oversees compliance with the City's Sick and Safe Time and Minimum Wage ordinances. The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets a new hourly minimum wage standard for work performed in Minneapolis. The Sick and Safe Time Ordinance creates access to time off work for employees across the city.
The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry oversees the state’s apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards and workers’ compensation programs.
Policing resources in Minnesota
City of Minneapolis Office of Police Conduct Review
The Office of Police Conduct Review promotes adherence to the highest standard of police conduct and fosters mutual respect between the Minneapolis Police Department and the community it serves by fairly, objectively, and neutrally investigating complaints that allege misconduct by Minneapolis Police officers.
The Internal Affairs Division is responsible for investigating complaints of employee misconduct and violations of department rules and regulations.