Allies & Advocates: Resources

Bias, Hate & Discrimination


Reporting non-emergency hate crimes or bias incidents

Rochester/Olmsted County Law Enforcement non-emergency line: 507-328-6800
To file a Hate & Bias report you must file in person at 101 4th Street SE Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)


Lobby hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


RPD Contact Information

Report to Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate & bias crimes around the country:


Olmsted County Human Rights Commission



Olmsted County Victim Services
Provides advocacy and support to help meet the needs of crime victims
507 328-7270


Legal Assistance of Olmsted County
Free civil legal services to low income residents of Olmsted County


Southern MN Regional Legal Services
SMRLS provides free, high-quality legal services to low-income people in critical civil matters. 
903 West Center Street, Suite 230
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 292-0080


ACLU-MN's Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project (based in Mankato)
Julio Zelayo 


“5 ways to Disrupt Racism”


“Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry”


“Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide”


“Racial Microaggressions: The Everyday Assault”





MNsure Navigators

Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association

               IMAA assists immigrants, refugees, and the general public with health insurance needs. 


               2500 Valleyhigh Drive NW

               Rochester, MN 55901


What will happen if/when Affordable Care Act is repealed?





Southern MN Regional Legal Services: Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant Services 
SMRLS provides free, high-quality legal services to low-income people. 
Located in the IMAA building at 2500 Valleyhigh Drive Northwest, Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 289-5960  


Catholic Charities
Provides refugee resettlement services for their first three months in the United States
(507) 454-2270


Immigrant Solutions Center LLC
1500 1st Avenue NE STE 113, Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 990-9775

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Nonprofit law office that provives free legal representation, education, and advocacy in immigration matters to low-income immigrant and refugee communities in MN.

Post-election legal advice for immigrants from the National Immigrant Justice Center 

Interfaith Worker Justice



American Immigration Center


US Citizenship and Immigration Services 






Gay/Lesbian Community Services
Supports the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied communities
Contact form on website
Message through GLCS Facebook page


Gay/Lesbian Youth Services 
1500 1st Ave NE #213, Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 289-6329
Facebook page  


OutFront Minnesota
1337, 310 E 38th St #209, Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 822-0127


Teen LGBT & Allies Community Group of SE Minnesota
Peace United Church of Christ
(507) 282-6117 


Transgender Support Group


LGBT Therapists MN
Minnesota's lesbian gay bisexual transgender & allied mental health providers' network. helps low-income Minnesotans find general information about their legal rights, responsibilities, and contact information for free or low-cost legal assistance.

LGBTQ+ and Addiction

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community have rates of substance abuse higher than those of the general population. Information and resources to help.



Mental Health


Olmsted County Crisis Line


SE MN Warmline (NAMI)
Non-crisis phone line for people with mental illness
507-287-7161 or 1-888-334-7754
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 4p-8pm


Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7)


NAMI SEMN (National Alliance on Mental Illness)


Zumbro Valley Health Center
(507) 289-2089





Rochester Public Schools - Minority Liaisons & Equity Specialists


Friedell Middle School

Zeynab Dahir

(507) 328-5639


John Adams Middle School

Ramona Norwood

(507) 328-5753


Kellogg Middle School

Abdi Nur

(507) 328-5800


Century High School

Paul Malone

(507) 328-5100


John Marshall High School

Terrelle Wilson

(507) 328-5400


Mayo High School

Mulugeta Haileab

(507) 287-1953


District-wide Equity Specialist
Karen Edmonds 
(507) 328-4276


District-wide Equity Specialist
Toby Taylor 
(507) 328-5246


District-wide Equity Specialist
Willie Tipton
(507) 328-5885


Native American Family Liaison

Guthrie Capossela


Rochester for Justice


Teaching Tolerance: Post-election resource for teachers

“Talking with Young People after the Election” 


“Speak Up for Civility”


“Polarized Classrooms"

“Civil Discourse in the Classroom”


“Schools Offer Emotional Support to Kids After Election”






Patheos: Hosting the Conversation on Faith
“Comparing Ourselves to Others: A Sermon on Pride, Despair, and Scapegoats”


B’nai Israel Synagogue
Multi-Generational Muslim-Jewish Women’s Dialogue & Social Action Project


CIDI (Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam)
Regina Mustafa


Random Acts of Kindness
Danielle Teal


Charter for Compassion (Rochester Friends Meeting)


Interfaith Advocacy Toolkit (Habitat for Humanity)



Post-Election Anxiety


“How to Cope with Post-Election Stress”


“Three Ways to Lower Post-Election Anxiety”

1130 1/2 7th Street NW

Rochester, MN 55902


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