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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.

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 dchumanrights@dutchessny.gov 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

Read previous statements from the Human Rights Commission

Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights Statement on Crisis in the Middle East

The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights mourns the innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians killed and injured over the past two weeks.  We hope that there is a lasting ceasefire and that those responsible for the safety and well-being of people in the region work for a civil society that is just for all.

May 21, 2021

Read previous statements from the Human Rights Commission

Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights

Purpose of Commission on Human Rights

Police Reform and Modernization Collaborative

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100 Cups of Coffee

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Commission on Human Rights Annual Reports

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Links to organizations and news articles

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 dchumanrights@dutchessny.gov  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!

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.