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Tompkins County Human Rights


The Office of Human Rights

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is a department of the County charged with providing civil rights enforcement and outreach programming. We handle complaints of discrimination in housing, employment, lending, public accommodation, and education.

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 8:30am-4:30pm
120 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-4080              Fax 607-277-4106



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