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Purpose of Commission on Human Rights

To further ensure the protection of human rights, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro re-established the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights in 2016.  

The purpose of the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights is to enhance the quality of life in Dutchess County by:**

  • Fostering mutual respect and understanding among all groups, including but not limited to, racial, religious, national, disability, and LGBT groups in the county;
  • Inquiring into incidents of tension and conflict among or between various groups, including but not limited to, racial, religious, national, disability, and LGBT groups, and to take such possible actions as may be designed to alleviate such tensions and conflict;
  • Reporting complaints of alleged discrimination because of age, creed, which means religion or religious practice, race, color, sex, including gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, domestic violence victim, status, disability, military status, arrest record, conviction record, predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status (housing only), and domestic workers (employment only) to the Division of Human Rights
  • Conducting and recommending such educational programs as, in the judgment of the Commission, will increase goodwill among people of the county and open new opportunities into all phases of community life for all;
  • Making such studies in any field of human relationship in the county as in the judgment of the Commission will aid in effectuating its general purposes and where desirable, to make the results of the studies public.

**Commissions on Human Rights is found in Article 12-D of the NYS General Municipal Law, Sections 239-0 through T.