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Commission on Human Rights
Jody B. Miller, Human Rights/EEO Officer

January 12, 2018

Statement from the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights


The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights condemns the use of profane language that diminishes groups of people, whole countries, or continents by anyone, especially the President of the United States. 

Such language perpetuates racism and xenophobia and widens divisions between communities and nations, endangering domestic tranquility and global peace. These words make our work to bridge divides and accept and honor differences more difficult.         

The Commission is committed to promoting the dignity and respect of all people and acts to foster such through its mission of Defending Human Rights, Bridging Differences, Embracing Diversity.

Dutchess County is committed to ensuring our community is inclusive and respectful for all, with the human rights of every individual protected and championed.

If you believe you have a human rights issue, we can review the issue with you and as needed, assist you with preparing and filing a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYC office).

Contact Dutchess County Human Rights/EEO Officer Jody Miller at 486-2169 or email

Commission on Human Rights

To further ensure the protection of human rights, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has re-established the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights.

Purpose of the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights

The purpose of the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights is to enhance the quality of life in Dutchess County by:**

  • Fostering mutual respect and understanding among all groups, including but not limited to, racial, religious, national, disability, and LGBT groups in the county;
  • Inquiring into incidents of tension and conflict among or between various groups, including but not limited to, racial, religious, national, disability, and LGBT groups, and to take such possible actions as may be designed to alleviate such tensions and conflict;
  • Reporting complaints of alleged discrimination because of age, creed, which means religion or religious practice, race, color, sex, including gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, domestic violence victim, status, disability, military status, arrest record, conviction record, predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status (housing only), and domestic workers (employment only) to the Division of Human Rights;
  • Conducting and recommending such educational programs as, in the judgment of the Commission, will increase goodwill among people of the county and open new opportunities into all phases of community life for all; 
  • Making such studies in any field of human relationship in the county as in the judgment of the Commission will aid in effectuating its general purposes and where desirable, to make the results of the studies public.

    **Commissions on Human Rights is found in Article 12-D of the NYS General Municipal Law, Sections 239-0 through T.