About us

Our mission

Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam is an independent foundation with the goal of fighting and tackling discrimination and racism and influencing social processes that underlie them including all activities that can contribute to this.

Our core tasks

Our core tasks are complaint handling, mediation and registration, (policy) advice, monitoring and research, including standing up for collective interests in combating discrimination and racism in the broadest sense. The Meldpunt is there for all residents of Aalsmeer, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Diemen, Ouder-Amstel, Uithoorn and Stadsgebied Driemond-Weesp. Our work focuses on connection and against discrimination on all grounds and areas in our society.

What does the Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam do?

Every municipality is legally obliged (via the Municipal Anti-Discrimination Facilities Act WGA) to set up an accessible, independent facility where anyone can go with complaints about discrimination. Furthermore, we have the legal duty to register those complaints, so that the government knows what is going on in the field of discrimination.
We handle complaints that relate to the grounds of discrimination as stated in the General Equal Treatment Act (AWGB) namely: religion, belief, political affiliation, origin/skin color, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or chronic illness, working hours and employment contract.
We work with many different organizations to achieve our goal. For example, we have good contacts with all kinds of interest groups, but also with Slachtofferhulp Nederland, for example. We work closely with the police and the Public Prosecution Service on the basis of established agreements. Periodic consultations take place with these parties where (anonymous) cases are discussed and the progress of reports is monitored.
The Discrimination Hotline has been classified by the tax authorities as an Institution for General Benefit (ANBI). As an ANBI institution, we are obliged to be open about a number of matters. These can be found under publications.

Organizational structure

Organization

The team of Stichting Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam (MDRA) consists of six complaints consultants, a complaints coordinator, a policy officer, a project officer and an office manager, who are led by director Jerrol Marten.

The Governance code of the Discrimination Hotline provides direction on how the management, team and board function.
The board is unremunerated and committed to the objective of the Foundation and is formed by:

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