History of the PWC Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Office
Mission: "To eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity for all persons within the county through advocacy and education."
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.
Program to Celebrate Universal Human Rights Day to be Held on Jan. 16
The Prince William County Human Rights Commission will celebrate Universal Human Rights Day on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at the James J. McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court in Woodbridge, at 9 a.m. The theme of the program is "Blacks in the Media." Peabody award winner, Jacquie Jones will deliver the keynote address and talk about her experience as an executive producer in television. Ms. Jones recently won a Peabody Award for her PBS documentary, "180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School" that sheds light on school reform in Washington, D.C.
In addition, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History will send a member of its executive staff to talk about the newest museum coming to our nation's capital in September 2016. The day will include breakfast and the annual presentation of the Human Rights Awards given to members of the community who provide unique contributions to human and civil rights. The 2015 winners are Dr. Alice Howard, Mr. Rex Parr, The Foreclosure Team (Rev. Clyde Ellis, Father Gerry Creedon, Rev. Keith Savage, and Mike Wilson), the Voting Rights Commemorative Team, and the NAACP (Ban the Box Initiative).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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