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Commission on Human Rights

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

The mission of the Commission on Human Rights Commission is defending human rights, bridging differences and embracing diversity.

If you believe you have a human rights issue, please contact us so that we can discuss the situation with you and help you decide the best course of action.  This may include, but is not limited to, filing a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) White Plains office.

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Statement from the Commission on Human Rights on Indigenous American’s Racial and Ethnic Heritage and their use as Mascots or Symbols

The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights is firmly opposed to any group of human beings being singled out for use as mascots or symbols based on their racial and ethnic heritage. We recognize that this practice as related to America’s Indigenous peoples has a long history; it is past time that we as a society move beyond it. Even the most well-meaning contention that Native peoples are being honored in this way rings hollow when those whose heritage and history are being appropriated unanimously express their opposition and articulate the hurt that it causes. We ask all members of our county community to repudiate the use of mascots or symbols based on racial and ethnic heritage and to recognize the important lived experience of all those who live in our neighborhoods, communities, and across our county.

October 19, 2020

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Application Form and Instructions

The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights provides an opportunity to continue to develop an inclusive and respectful community for all.   Applications are being accepted to serve on the Commission on Human Rights.  Complete information is available in the application package or you can learn more about the responsibilities of the Commission on Human Rights members.

Applications can be submitted:

  1. By e-mail to dchumanrights@dutchessny.gov  OR
  2. Mail to: DC Commission on Human Rights, 22 Market St., 5th Floor, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 OR
  3. Drop off to the Commission on Human Rights at the address above.  

Download the Application here (.pdf)

Additional Information

All appointments to the Commission on Human Rights by the County Executive and the Chairman of the Legislature are subject to confirmation by the Dutchess County Legislature. This application may also assist the Advisory Committee in making inquiries concerning the qualifications of applicants for appointment. Please note that information requested in this document is public information.

 

Additional Human Rights Resources

We are one people and one New York. We will not tolerate hate crimes.

Find out "what is a hate crime" and what you can do!

Protecting and Furthering Equality in New York State

On October 21, 2015, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation designed to help achieve pay equity, strengthen protections for domestic violence victims, and end sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination in all workplaces. 

The term “human rights” was mentioned seven times in the UN's founding Charter, making the promotion and protection of human rights a key purpose and guiding principle of the Organization

In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights brought human rights into the realm of international law.  Since then, the Organization has diligently protected human rights through legal instruments and on-the-ground activities.

The protection of fundamental human rights was a foundation stone in the establishment of the United States over 200 years ago.

Since then, a central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been the promotion of respect for human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United States understands that the existence of human rights helps secure the peace, deter aggression, promote the rule of law, combat crime and corruption, strengthen democracies, and prevent humanitarian crises.