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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.