Denver 2026 Bid Committee proud to submit Human Rights Strategy ahead of selection of official host cities


DENVER, CO – December 30, 2021 – In response to FIFA’s requirement to conduct an analysis of the potential human rights risks and opportunities of hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the DENVER 2026 Bid Committee is proud to present its 100-Point Human Rights Strategy. 

The DENVER 2026 100-Point Human Rights Strategy, and accompanying vision statement, have been shaped by the Denver community and is supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders committed to the highest standards for human rights. Through this process, the Denver community has recommitted itself to dignifying the needs of all visitors and residents.

“The DENVER 2026 Bid Committee is proud to reaffirm our commitment to elevate human rights and do everything within our sphere of influence to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive and accessible FIFA World Cup.” – Dr. Bob Contiguglia and Manny Rodriguez, Co-Chairs, DENVER 2026 Bid Committee

“Together, we will use this new human rights framework to continue developing innovative, community-led solutions that are human-centered and equitable for future citywide events in Denver.” – Matthew Payne, Executive Director, Denver Sports Commission

“As we note in our vision statement for human rights, the DENVER 2026 100-Point Human Rights Strategy will create a safe, welcoming, inclusive and accessible FIFA World Cup experience that will raise the bar for the advancement of human rights in our community – and set a positive example for the world. Sports culture, respectful engagement and the celebration of diversity is in our DNA. It is our lived experience. We are ready FOR THE WORLD.”
– Anthony E. Graves, DENVER 2026 Bid Strategy Committee and Human Rights Lead

“On behalf of the DENVER 2026 Bid Committee, we would like to thank every community member who has informed our city’s human rights strategy for the FIFA World Cup. Your voices and lived experience will make a difference for Denver. We are proud of The Mile High City.

While there are so many people to recognize, we would like to give special thanks to Temi Osifodunrin, Founder of the International Heritage Cup, Tatiana Arguello of Telemundo, Special Agent Kerri Reifel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Michael Pearl from the Denver Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities, Dewey Jackson, President of the Denver Area Labor Federation / AFL-CIO, and Nadine Bridges, Executive Director of One Colorado.”
– Jerome Davis and Tami Door, Co-Chairs, DENVER 2026 Human Rights Sub-Committee

Respectfully Submitted:

DENVER 2026 Bid Committee Co-Chairs:
Dr. Bob Contiguglia and Manny Rodriguez

DENVER 2026 Human Rights Sub-Committee:
Anthony E. Graves
DENVER 2026 Bid Strategy Committee & Human Rights Strategy Lead
Principal, GRAVES CIVIC SOLUTIONS

DENVER 2026 Human Rights Sub-Committee Co-Chairs:
Jerome Davis and Tami Door

Jon Lehmann
Director of Government and Regional Affairs, Comcast Corporation

Adeeb Khan
Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation

James Mejia
CEO, Denver Film

Matthew Burkett
CEO, The Fly Fisher Group

Andrew Contiguglia
The Contiguglia Law Firm

Jayne Buck
Good Hue, LLC

Derek Okubo
Executive Director, Denver Office of Human Rights and Community Partnerships

Temi Osifodunrin
Founder, International Heritage Cup – Denver & Co-Chair, DENVER 2026 Sports Community Engagement Subcommittee

DENVER 2026 Administrative Support:
Sammy Bianchi
Convention Sales & Denver Sports Coordinator, VISIT DENVER

Presented To: FIFA, December 30, 2021