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Human Rights Office
Human Rights History

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.


October 30, 2014


The Prince William County Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for its Annual Human Rights Award.  Individuals, nonprofit organizations or businesses, may be nominated for outstanding accomplishments in the area of human rights in Prince William County.  Last year's award recipients were Father Gerard Creedon,  Pastor, Holy Family Church; Dr. Doreen Dauer, Vicky Castro and Sam Sanders, Prince William County Public Schools; Cydny Neville, Town of Dumfries; and Carlos Labiosa, former Human Rights Commissioner.

This year's award recipients will be honored at the annual observance of Universal Human Rights Day to be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the McCoart Building, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA  22192.

The mandate of the Human Rights Commission is to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, or disability in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit.

Please contact the Human Rights Office to receive a nomination form or download it from the website  The deadline for submitting nominations is November 23, 2014.  Nominations may be faxed, mailed or delivered to the Human Rights Commission, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Suite 125, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Human Rights Commission office at (703) 792-4680 during normal business hours.


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