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Bias-motivated crimes, violence, intimidation, and discrimination have no place in Denver. In a crisis like COVID-19, we are stronger when we work together to protect everyone in our community, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, housing status or age. Join us as we work to put a stop to discrimination — and instead spread facts and kindness during this public health emergency.

If you see these types of crimes in progress, please call 9-1-1.

If everyone is safe and the threat has ceased, please call our bias-motivated hotline: 720-913-6458 or email

Denver is one of few cities that has a bias-motivated crime unit embedded in its police department.

The Bias-Motivated Crime detectives investigate reported incidents of a criminal act against a person or property that is motivated by an offender’s bias against: race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability and sexual orientation. 

Additional Resources in Denver and Colorado

Denver Anti-Discrimination Office

Discrimination in employment, housing and commercial space, public accommodations, educational institutions, and health and welfare services is prohibited. The Denver Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnership's Anti-Discrimination Office works to put an end to discrimination of any kind for any reason in Denver.

Colorado Division of Civil Rights

The Colorado Civil Rights Division enforces Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. The division promotes awareness of civil rights laws through training and education to groups and individuals across the state.

Civil Rights Enforcement with the U.S. Attorney Office District of Colorado

The United States Attorney’s Office, in coordination with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, enforces federal civil rights laws throughout Colorado. These laws prohibit discrimination, protect the constitutional rights of residents, and affirm equal opportunity for all. 

Victim Assistance from the Asian Pacific Development Center

The APDC supports those who have experienced or witnessed a crime. The center’s services include assistance applying for financial services, emergency housing, and victim compensation funds; crisis counseling; case management and social services; and legal and personal advocacy. These services are provided free of charge.

Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League believes people should not be targeted or treated unfairly because of their religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability. The league serves people who have experienced or witnessed an incident of bias, hatred or bigotry.

Colorado Resilience Collaborative at DU

An interdisciplinary initiative that supports those impacted by targeted violence due to radicalization and discrimination, focusing on race/ethnicity, nationality, faith, and ideology. 


Reporting Discrimination

Denver residents may file a discrimination complaint with the Denver Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnership's Anti-Discrimination Office.

Colorado residents may file a civil rights complaint and check the status of a complaint online with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies' CaseConnect platform. 

Find more information about the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies' CaseConnect platform.

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Denver is strong and resilient. We can get through the COVID-19 crisis together by staying calm, practicing social distancing, and taking care of ourselves and one another. How do you Keep Calm and Denver On?

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