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The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights hosts and coordinates events throughout the year. 

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Speaker Series: Doing More Than Nothing About Hate

Fair Housing: What We All Need to Know

Join us to discuss Fair Housing topics, including:

• Protections, trends and more

• What is it and what is its purpose?

• What impact has it made and what are the challenges?

• What resources are available to help?


John Herrion, Acting General Counsel, NYS Division of Human Rights

Justin Haines, Assistant Attorney General, NYS Office of the Attorney General

Alexandra Sweitzer, Supervising Attorney, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Ben Surface, Supervising Attorney, Hudson Valley Justice Center

Moderated by:

Jody Miller, Executive Director, Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights


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Disability Rights Are Human Rights: The Right to Community Based Living

  • Part 1: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 12:00pm-1:30pm
    The Independent Living Movement: Why Everyone Should Care (View Part 1 on YouTube)
  • Part 2: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12:00pm-1:30pm
    Disability Rights & The Law: What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Close the Gap (View Part 2 on YouTube)

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Anti-Asian Hate:  Covid, Asians and Pacific Islanders and Creating A Caring Community

Part 1:  May 12, 12:00pm-1:30pm  How does Covid-related anti-Asian rhetoric and actions fit into a long pattern of stereotyping and racism? What narratives are told and not told? Who are Asians?  Presenters: Yu Zhou, Kk Naimool  To watch this presentation click here (YouTube)

Part 2:  May 26, 12:00pm-1:30pm  What does it mean to respond to anti-Asian  violence including both overt attacks (verbal or physical) and micro-aggressions? What does it mean to create a caring community that responds in ways that build trust, increase safety and foster strength and resilience?   Presenters:  Christine Wang, Paloma Wake, and others To watch this presentation click here (YouTube)

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Health in Communities of Color: Disparities, Their Impact and What Needs to Change

Wednesday, March 10, 12pm-1:30pm


  • Giovanna Rogow, Executive Director, Maternal Infant Services
  • Megan Deichler, Executive Director, Catskill-Hudson Health Education Center Services
  • Edna Muhammad, LCSW, CCM, Clinical Supervisor, Astor Services for Children & Families

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Doing More Than Nothing About Hate: A Black, A Latinx and A Jewish Perspective. 

How Hate Affects Undocumented Immigrants?


  • Genesis Ramos - Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ConsultantCity of Newburgh
  • Suzanne Leon - Member Community Relations Committee, Ulster Jewish Federation
  • Lester Strong - Executive Director, Peaceful Guardians Project

December 15, 2020, 2:00-3:30PM



The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights hosts and coordinates events throughout the year. 

Check our events calendar often or sign up for Dutchess Delivery to get calendar notifications

We are All in This Together

The Profiting from Hate: How Hate Affects Undocumented Immigrants

November 10, 2 - 3:30PM

Renan SalgadoRenan Salgado biography:

Renan Salgado was born in Ecuador and migrated to the United States in 1984.  He is the Human Trafficking Director at the Worker Justice Center and has been investigating cases of migrant farmworker exploitation since January of 2000.  Renan has been dedicating his career to the fight against labor trafficking in agriculture as well as other industries historically dependent on cheap labor.  Since 2001, Renan has been working in tandem with agents from the FBI, Homeland Security, State Police, and local law enforcement units throughout the state of NY.  Renan has also been training local, state, and federal law enforcement agents  since 2007, and has been a keynote speaker and panelist at various National and International Human Trafficking conferences.  Most recently, Renan has trained human trafficking task forces in  Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Long Beach, as well as the Mexican Government's Attorney General's Office, Mexican INTERPOL,  prosecutors and Judges from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, and organizers from the United Farm Workers Union in California.  His trainings range from effective labor trafficking investigations to the future of labor trafficking. 

Doing More Than Nothing About Hate: We are All in This Together:

How Can We Work Together To Combat Hate?
October 13, 2020 Deborah Lauter, Executive Director, NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes

Deborah Lauter, Executive Director, NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes

Deborah Lauter Biography:

Deborah Lauter, Executive Director<br /> NYC OPHC

Deborah Lauter is the Executive Director of the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, a seven staff member unit in the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.  Ms. Lauter was hired to  create and lead the office in September, 2019,  after a three-decade career of combatting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, prejudice and hate. 

Ms. Lauter served in a number of senior roles at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), including as National Civil Rights Director and Senior Vice President for Policy & Programs, where she worked with tech companies on the growing problem of hate on the internet. She also  supervised the Education division and its development of anti-bias education programs for students. 

Under her tenure at ADL, the organization led the national coalition that secured passage of the Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr. Federal Hate Crimes Act. She also oversaw the organization’s Center on Extremism, which included research and analysis on domestic and international extremism, and trained law enforcement on hate crime detection and response. 

Ms. Lauter received a B.A. from UC Berkeley  and J.D. from Cardozo School of Law.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Education and Human Rights (TOLI), which provides Holocaust education training for teachers in the U.S. and Europe.