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Human Rights Commission

About Us:

The Orange County Human Rights Commission (OCHRC) was established in 1970 to serve the Orange County community. The OCHRC’s primary purpose is to foster mutual respect and understanding among all groups in the county, including, but not limited to: racial, religious, gender, nationality, disability, and LGBTQ. They coordinate and facilitate education and awareness events in the community, in order to promote understanding of equity, acceptance, unity, and humanity.

The OCHRC is comprised of 12 Orange County residents who represent a broad spectrum of the community, and/or have demonstrated knowledge and expertise within the areas covered by New York State Human Rights Law, including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, age, domestic violence, and religion. Members also represent different geographic areas, expertise, education and experience.

The Commission’s primary objectives are:

Þ Foster mutual respect and understanding among all groups in the county including, but not limited to: racial, religious, gender, nationality, disability, and LGBTQ groups.

Þ Serve as the primary source of information and assistance with county residents regarding human rights violations, and work closely with the NYS Division of Human Right’s Regional Office to do so.

Þ Coordinate and facilitate education and awareness to the community, and public and private organizations to foster understanding of equity, acceptance, unity, and humanity.

Þ Serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to community groups, local government and local agencies in an effort to promote equity and diversity, and assure effective compliance with non-discrimination policies and orders.

Þ Initiate and facilitate discussions and negotiations between individuals and groups to lessen tensions and improve understanding.

Þ Facilitate local dialogue and debate on current policy and thought on issues relating to human rights in Orange County.


The Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. (meeting locations may vary)

For more information, you may contact the office at 845-615-3680, or email: humanrights@orangecountygov.com


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