Human Rights

2 Woodward Ave.
Suite 1240
Detroit, MI 48226

General: (313) 224-4950
TTY:  (313) 962-8253
or 711 or (800) 649-3777
Fax: (313) 224-3434

Hours of Operation:
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Portia Roberson
Group Executive of Human Rights and Ethics

Tashawna Parker
Business Specialist / Executive Assistant to Portia Roberson

Patricia Ford
Business Certification Specialist

Alethea Johnson
Human Rights Specialist / ADA Coordinator

Lesa Kent
Human Rights Specialist


To remove discriminatory barriers through innovative, high quality, customer-driven programs that foster economic opportunity and empowerment and benefit Detroit residents, visitors, and the entrepreneurial sector of the local economy.

Major Goals

  • To ensure that internal and external customers are properly served
  • To optimize efficiencies and results by continually monitoring resources and activities
  • Explore alternative and innovative ways to fund and deliver services

Strategic Priorities

  • Accelerate Economic & Business Development
  • Improve Key Stakeholder Relationships (Citizens, City Council, Employees, Business Community)