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Human Rights Office
Human Rights History

Our History

 
In 1991 the Prince William County Board of Supervisors authorized the creation of a Human Rights Study Committee to examine the need for a human rights commission based on growing diversity, population needs and resources. After several meetings and public hearings, the Study Committee determined that a need for a Human Rights Ordinance and an agency to enforce it existed. The Human Rights Ordinance would prohibit discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, marital status or disability, in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit, in Prince William County. In Sept. 1992 the Board of County Supervisors established a Human Rights Ordinance, which created the Human Rights Commission to ensure that “each citizen is treated fairly, provided equal protection of the law and equal opportunity to participate in the benefits, rights, and privileges of community life.”

 

On Jan. 15, 1993, the Human Rights Ordinance became effective and the Commission Office opened to provide services. Residents are encouraged to use its services if they feel their rights are being violated in the areas of employment, fair housing, credit, education and public accommodation.

 

Mission:  Eliminating discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement

PRESS RELEASE
From the Prince William County
Human Rights Commission
 
For Immediate Release
For More Information Contact:
(703) 792-4680
 
Program to Celebrate Voting Rights Act to be Held on Jan. 17
 
 
The Prince William County Human Rights Commission will celebrate Universal Human Rights Day on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the James J. McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court in Woodbridge, at 9 a.m. The theme of the program is “Commemorating & Celebrating 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act.” Pastor Charles A. Lundy will deliver the keynote address and Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Robert Pop Middleton Male Chorus will perform. The program will include breakfast, as well as the presentation of the annual Human Rights Awards given to members of the community who provide unique contributions to human and civil rights. This year’s recipients are Albert Brooks, Eleana  Boyer, Cynthia Brown, Rev. Dr. Luke Torian and Victoria Graham.
 
The event is free and open to the public. The community is invited to share in this important celebration. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Human Rights office at 703-792-4680 or email pwhrc@pwcgov.org.
 
The United Nations declared Universal Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, 1948, to recognize the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
 
More information about the Prince William County Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Office can be found on the County’s website.
 
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