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Commission on Human Rights

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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

Statement in Solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ Community July 1, 2022

The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights stands in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community in the face of escalating attacks on each person’s right to be who they are and love who they love.  These range from efforts to eliminate and potentially criminalize life-affirming health care, exclude students from athletics, deny foster care and adoption of children, and ban literature with inclusive representation and topics, to the targeting of Pride celebrations with a real potential for violence.  All of these actions run counter to the ideals and promise of this country – freedom and equality for all.  And they are not only happening "somewhere else."  The Commission has documented incidents locally that have targeted the LGBTQIA+ community, including but not limited to the destruction of Pride flags, the harassment of families and their allies, and the banning of literature that centers a person exploring their identity.  The Commission denounces these examples of erasure and bias for what they are – an erosion of civil and human rights – and calls on all people of good conscience to join us in solidarity with the LGBTQIA + community.  

Read past statements from the Human Rights Commission

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Commission on Human Rights Annual Reports

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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.