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Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights Statement on Attack in Kabul

The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights mourns the tragic loss of both American and Afghan lives in the atrocious terrorist attack in Kabul. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all whose lives were taken, and share in their grief.


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Dutchess 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.

To Report a Hate or Bias Incident:

If you have experienced a hate or bias incident, you can confidentially report it to the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights by: emailing us at or calling 845-486-2836. If this is an emergency, contact 911.

If you think that the incident may be a hate crime you may also contact local law enforcement, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office 845-486-3800 and/or the NYS Hate Crimes Hotline 1-888-392-3644.

News and Announcements

DCCHR Statement on Synagogue Hostage Crisis, Colleyville Texas, January 17, 2022

The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights is grateful for the safe release of hostages at Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, Texas.   

Since its reestablishment in 2016, the Commission has documented the rise in hate and bias incidents in Dutchess County.  More than 50% of these incidents have been antisemitic and have included swastika graffiti, antisemitic flyers and in-person statements, and the display of a Nazi flag. These demonstrations of bigotry are as repugnant as they are dangerous.

The Commission calls on all people of good conscience to stand with the Jewish community and against hatred.

DCCHR Statement on Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict, November 21, 2021

We are deeply saddened and troubled by the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those slain, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, whose family shared about the verdict, “It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street. We hope that decent people will join us in forcefully rejecting that message and demanding more of our laws, our officials, and our justice system.”

A sad truth is that we, like many, are not surprised by the verdict. While we acknowledge the verdict of the jury, we do not and will accept the disparities in justice that continue to take place. The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights remains fully committed to its work of ensuring that our community is inclusive and respectful for all, with the human rights of every individual protected and championed.

Read past statements from the Human Rights Commission

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Commission Members

Commission on Human Rights Annual Reports



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Apply to be a Commission Member

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  OR
  2. Mail to: DC Commission on Human Rights, 85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 106, Poughkeepsie, NY 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!

To learn more about protections under NYS Human Rights Law, as well as filing a complaint, go to the NYS Division of Human Rights where you will find brochures, videos, complaint forms and other important information.

Eleanor Roosevelt became the first chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission and led a two year process that resulted in the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948.  Each year on December 10, we commemorate International Human Rights Day and the adoption of the UDHR.

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.