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Tompkins County Human Rights


The Office of Human Rights

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (TCOHR) is a County department which facilitates the filing of human rights complaints with the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR). Such complaints include allegations of discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodation, education and other areas covered by New York State Human Rights Law:


The office makes referrals to legal and other regarding interpretation of local and state human rights laws as well as federal laws and offers advice on human rights concerns. TCOHR also organizes education and outreach initiatives addressing human rights and social justice issues and, in partnership with CNY Fair Housing in Syracuse, affirmatively furthers fair housing.

The Human Rights Commission

The Tompkins County Human Rights Commission (TCHRC) is a volunteer advisory group appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature for the purpose of fostering mutual understanding and respect among all persons in Tompkins County. The general role of the TCHRC is to encourage equality; discourage discrimination; and to serve as an advisory board to the Office of Human Rights. Commissioners (15 in all) must be residents of the County.

The Office of Human Rights gladly welcomes 15 new Human Rights Commissioners appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature: Njoku Awa, Kathy Bergen, Susan Bower, Gladys Brangman, Jo Carcich, Kirby Edmonds, Jason Hungerford, Kathy Jett, Amos Malone, Jessie Mancilla, Larry Roberts, Gloria Sanchez, Peyi Soyinka-Aierewele, Mark Vesci, and Ruth Yarrow.

We look forward to working with the Commissioners to advance human rights in
our community. 

Tompkins County Charter - Human Rights Commission


Office Hours

M-F 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
120 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-4080              Fax 607-277-4106


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