The Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam is an independent foundation aimed at combatting and preventing discrimination and influencing societal processes that lie at the foundation of discrimination.
Our core tasks are dealing with complaints by mediating, registering, advising, monitoring and investigating. We work for all inhabitants of Aalsmeer, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Diemen, Ouder-Amstel and Uithoorn. Our work is focused on connectivity and against discrimination on all grounds and areas. In our society you should be able to be yourself and that is something we work hard for.
What does the Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam do?
Every municipality is legally obligated (through the Wet Gemeentelijke Antidiscriminatievoorzieningen (Law on Municipal Anti-Discrimination Provisions/ WGA)) to provide accessible, independent provisions anyone can call on with discrimination complaints. Furthermore, we have a legal duty to register those complaints so that the government is aware of problems regarding discrimination.
We consider complaints that fall under the discrimination grounds listed in the Algemene Wet Gelijke Behandeling (General Law on Equal Treatment/ AWGB). These are: religion, way of life, political orientation, ethnicity/skin colour, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or chronic illness, employment duration and employment type.
We work together with many different organisations to achieve our goal. As such, we maintain good contacts with many diverse interest groups, but also with, for example, victim support. We work, according to determined agreements, closely with the police and the public prosecutor. We periodically meet with these parties to (anonymously) discuss cases and follow the development of police reports.
The Meldpunt Discriminatie is considered by the Tax Department as an Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (ANBI), or a Public Benefit Organisation. As an ANBI we are obligated to be transparent about certain matters. These are to be found in our publications.
The Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam (Regional Center for Discrimination Amsterdam) is the anti-discrimination bureau for the region of Amsterdam. We take every case equally seriously. We listen to your story and work with you to find the best solution. This all happens discreetly and carefully. We support, offer help and mediate. Oftentimes we act on your behalf and contact the discriminator. It is also possible to report without pursuing further action. Every report matters!