Ombudsperson Board for African American Families
Function: The board appoints the African American community's Ombudsperson for Families. It then advises and assists the ombudsperson for its community in selecting matters for attention; developing policies, plans, and programs to carry out the ombudspersons' functions and powers; establishing protocols for working with the communities of color; developing procedures for the ombudspersons' use of the subpoena power to compel testimony and evidence from nonagency individuals; and making reports and recommendations for changes designed to improve standards of competence, efficiency, justice, and protection of rights.
Ombudsman's Advisory Committee
In 1991, this group began as an Ombudsman's Advisory Committee. It consisted of 17 members appointed by the Indian Affairs Council, the Spanish-Speaking Affairs Council, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans. In 1994, separate five member boards were created for the Indian Affairs Council, the Council on Affairs of Chicano/Latino People, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans.
5 members, appointed by the chair of the Council on Black Minnesotans. In making appointments, the chair must consult with other members of the council. The membership terms, compensation, and removal of members of each board and the filling of membership vacancies are governed by Minnesota Statutes 15.0575. The board meets regularly at the request of the appointing chair or the ombudsperson. In addition, all members of the four community-specific boards (Ombudsperson Board for African American Families, Ombudsperson Board for Asian-Pacific Families, Ombudsperson Board for Chicano/Latino People, and Ombudsperson Board for Indian Families) shall meet jointly at least four times each year to advise the ombudspersons on overall policies, plans, protocols, and programs for the office.
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