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INCLUSIVE CITY

 

 

Denver is stronger because of the full diversity of all our residents. It has been a challenging time in our nation with access to education and military careers being restricted for transgender individuals, the separation of immigrant families, and incidents of bias and harassment against women and individuals of color. Denver is not immune from these challenges, whether coming from our national government, or from within our community. Which is why it is critical for our City to be very clear. We are Open for Business to all residents. All residents and visitors are welcome here. Councilwoman Kniech, alongside her City Council colleagues, unanimously endorsed a special proclamation that reaffirms Denver’s commitment to be a welcoming City, inclusive of people of all backgrounds. Below is some background on recent efforts our office has been involved in to acheive this. Also, see the links to the right for more resources. 

 

Immigrant Communities

Immigrants are a part of the fabric of our community in Denver, contributing both economically, as well as to the vibrancy of our civic, school and neighborhood spheres. Denver is safest when all our residents, including immigrants, feel safe to call the police, report crimes, and/or testify when called upon etc. This is why Denver has resisted efforts to coerce the City into getting involved with federal immigration enforcement. We always follow the law, but several courts have affirmed that the law does not require us to take police time away from local matters to do the job of the federal government.

Initiatives:

  • Legislation to limit city from participating in immigration enforcement beyond what the law requires - Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act.
  •  Providing $385K to seed an Immigrant Legal Defense Fund, which in other cities has proven to help many immigrants who had a legal right to remain in the country but were without a lawyer to help them prove it.
  • Updating Denver’s non-discrimination ordinance to include protection against discrimination based on immigration status.

Other resources for immigrant inclusivity:

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer

While some protections are either lacking or being repealed nationally, Colorado continues to have very strong laws protecting individuals from discrimination on gender identity or sexual orientation. Denver also has strong local laws. We’ve worked to train city council offices and shelter providers on inclusive practices. Also, an update of the terminology within Denver’s anti-discrimination ordinance is forthcoming.  

Additional protections we’ve recently added include:

Other resources for LGBTQ Inclusivity:

  • Report hate crimes to the Denver police department via their Hate Crimes Hotline 720-913-6458
  • LGBTQ Commission
  • Open for All Campaign
  • The Denver Police Department's Safe Place Program assists victims of anti-LGBTQ bias motivated crimes. The program’s purpose is to encourage reporting of these crimes, reduce anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment through public awareness, and to provide a safe physical place for victims of crime while they await the arrival of police.

 

Communities of Color

We seek to include the perspectives of residents of color, and analyze the impact of all our policies on communities of color. For example, much of our affordable housing and anti-displacement work has the potential to help support historic communities of color. A few specific policies to note include: