DC Office of Human Rights

DC Office of Human Rights The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, i The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live in or visit the District of Columbia.

The agency enforces local and federal human rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, by providing a legal process to those who believe they have been discriminated against. OHR also proactively enforces human rights in the District through Director’s Inquiries, which allow it to identify and investigate practices and policies that may be discriminatory. We can also be found on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dchumanrights and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/dchumanrights

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What a special night! Congrats to Christy Repress and Jaiya Lalla who we honored last night at our annual Commission on ...
12/08/2021

What a special night! Congrats to Christy Repress and Jaiya Lalla who we honored last night at our annual Commission on Human Rights Awards for their immeasurable contributions to human rights in the District. Happy #HumanRightsMonth!

In TWO DAYS: join us for our virtual, one-hour bystander intervention training! Thursday, October 21, 6 – 7pm ESTRegiste...
10/19/2021

In TWO DAYS: join us for our virtual, one-hour bystander intervention training!
Thursday, October 21, 6 – 7pm EST
Register at bit.ly/StandUpOct21
(wear purple to show your support of domestic violence survivors)

In a 2019 DC-wide survey, when asked the question “when you have experienced an instance of street harassment, what would you want to happen?”, 50% of respondents said they would like for “someone to intervene or help if they witness me being harassed”. The desire for bystander intervention was the most common response. By taking this training, you can learn how to be an active bystander that effectively intervenes!

DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives Hollaback! L'Oréal Paris DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Join OHR for a virtual, one-hour bystander intervention training! Thursday, October 21, 6 – 7pm ESTRegister at bit.ly/St...
10/12/2021

Join OHR for a virtual, one-hour bystander intervention training!
Thursday, October 21, 6 – 7pm EST
Register at bit.ly/StandUpOct21
(wear purple to show your support of domestic violence survivors)

In a 2019 DC-wide survey, when asked the question “when you have experienced an instance of street harassment, what would you want to happen?”, 50% of respondents said they would like for “someone to intervene or help if they witness me being harassed”. The desire for bystander intervention was the most common response. By taking this training, you can learn how to be an active bystander that effectively intervenes!

DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives Hollaback! L'Oréal Paris DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

TOMORROW - Join OHR for a free, virtual, one-hour bystander intervention training!  Friday, September 24, 12 – 1pm ESTRe...
09/23/2021

TOMORROW - Join OHR for a free, virtual, one-hour bystander intervention training!
Friday, September 24, 12 – 1pm EST
Register at http://bit.ly/StandUpSept24

Stand up against street harassment in DC!

Hollaback! L'Oréal Paris DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives #standup

Join OHR for a virtual, one-hour bystander intervention training! Friday, September 24, 12 – 1pm ESTRegister at bit.ly/S...
09/21/2021

Join OHR for a virtual, one-hour bystander intervention training!
Friday, September 24, 12 – 1pm EST
Register at bit.ly/StandUpSept24

In a 2019 DC-wide survey, when asked the question “when you have experienced an instance of street harassment, what would you want to happen?”, 50% of respondents said they would like for “someone to intervene or help if they witness me being harassed”. The desire for bystander intervention was the most common response. By taking this training, you can learn how to be an active bystander that effectively intervenes!

HRL is back! Join OHR for a two-day virtual training about all the great #CivilRights protections DC has to offer. #Know...
09/08/2021
OHR Virtual Human Rights Liaison Training - September 2021

HRL is back! Join OHR for a two-day virtual training about all the great #CivilRights protections DC has to offer. #KnowYourRights

Join the DC Office of Human Rights for a two day virtual training covering all of the great protections DC has to offer!

Fight illegal #discrimination and drop by OHR’s Office Hours at the brand new MLK Library on Saturday, August 21 from no...
08/18/2021

Fight illegal #discrimination and drop by OHR’s Office Hours at the brand new MLK Library on Saturday, August 21 from noon until 4pm. Ask questions, get assistance filing a complaint and access additional city resources. #KnowYourRights #DCValues DC Public Library

Fight illegal #discrimination and drop by OHR’s Office Hours at the brand new MLK Library on Saturday, August 21 from noon until 4pm. Ask questions, get assistance filing a complaint and access additional city resources. #KnowYourRights #DCValues DC Public Library

Street harassment is still happening and feels scarier than ever given recent events. With the lack of bystanders around...
04/30/2021

Street harassment is still happening and feels scarier than ever given recent events. With the lack of bystanders around – the fear of isolation increases in public spaces.

If you or someone you know has experienced non-violent street harassment in a public space, share your story and help us end street harassment in the District. Share your story at nostreetharassment.dc.gov.

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

Street harassment is still happening and feels scarier than ever given recent events. With the lack of bystanders around – the fear of isolation increases in public spaces.

If you or someone you know has experienced non-violent street harassment in a public space, share your story and help us end street harassment in the District. Share your story at nostreetharassment.dc.gov.

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

L’Oreal Paris recently released results from a global survey of 14,000 people on the effects of the pandemic on street h...
04/29/2021

L’Oreal Paris recently released results from a global survey of 14,000 people on the effects of the pandemic on street harassment. Compared to times pre-pandemic, 78% of the American respondents said they feel less safe in public spaces. Additionally, 74% of the American respondents think that wearing a mask allows the harassers to hide themselves and feel untouchable.

The top reasons American respondents feel unsafe in public spaces in a pandemic situation: (1) I cannot see people’s face behind masks (2) I am afraid people won’t stop and help in case I have a problem (3) There are a few people in the streets and transports.
Learn more about the study and the L'Oréal Paris Stand Up Against Street Harassment campaign, in partnership with Hollaback! at bit.ly/2RUaCVV.

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

L’Oreal Paris recently released results from a global survey of 14,000 people on the effects of the pandemic on street harassment. Compared to times pre-pandemic, 78% of the American respondents said they feel less safe in public spaces. Additionally, 74% of the American respondents think that wearing a mask allows the harassers to hide themselves and feel untouchable.

The top reasons American respondents feel unsafe in public spaces in a pandemic situation: (1) I cannot see people’s face behind masks (2) I am afraid people won’t stop and help in case I have a problem (3) There are a few people in the streets and transports.
Learn more about the study and the L'Oréal Paris Stand Up Against Street Harassment campaign, in partnership with Hollaback! at bit.ly/2RUaCVV.

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

1 Day until our #FairHousing Workshop! There's still time to reserve your spot and learn about all the housing protectio...
04/28/2021
OHR Fair Housing Workshop #2

1 Day until our #FairHousing Workshop! There's still time to reserve your spot and learn about all the housing protections DC has! Click the link below to RSVP.

In observation of Fair Housing Month, OHR is conducting two Fair Housing workshops for residents and community stakeholders.

In our Fall 2019 city-wide survey of 1,631 DC residents, we found that 69% of respondents had experienced verbal street ...
04/27/2021

In our Fall 2019 city-wide survey of 1,631 DC residents, we found that 69% of respondents had experienced verbal street harassment in DC in the prior six months and 40% reported that they had experienced physical street harassment. You can read all the data from that survey and everything else from the first year of implementing SHPA in the report “The State of Street Harassment in DC” (ohr.dc.gov/page/state-street-harassment-dc)

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

In our Fall 2019 city-wide survey of 1,631 DC residents, we found that 69% of respondents had experienced verbal street harassment in DC in the prior six months and 40% reported that they had experienced physical street harassment. You can read all the data from that survey and everything else from the first year of implementing SHPA in the report “The State of Street Harassment in DC” (ohr.dc.gov/page/state-street-harassment-dc)

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

Join us THIS THURSDAY for our #FairHousingMonth workshop. Learn about your rights and all the protections DC has to offe...
04/26/2021
OHR Fair Housing Workshop #2

Join us THIS THURSDAY for our #FairHousingMonth workshop. Learn about your rights and all the protections DC has to offer. #FairHousing #KnowYourRights #Housing #HousingProtections

In observation of Fair Housing Month, OHR is conducting two Fair Housing workshops for residents and community stakeholders.

We want to hear your street harassment stories. We know the pandemic has altered life in public spaces and the types of ...
04/26/2021

We want to hear your street harassment stories. We know the pandemic has altered life in public spaces and the types of street harassment incidents. We want to hear from you in efforts to better understand what kind of street harassment is happening, where incidents most frequently occur, and how street harassment has changed during the pandemic.
If you or someone you know has experienced non-violent street harassment in a public space, share your story and help us end street harassment in the District at nostreetharassment.dc.gov.
#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

We want to hear your street harassment stories. We know the pandemic has altered life in public spaces and the types of street harassment incidents. We want to hear from you in efforts to better understand what kind of street harassment is happening, where incidents most frequently occur, and how street harassment has changed during the pandemic.
If you or someone you know has experienced non-violent street harassment in a public space, share your story and help us end street harassment in the District at nostreetharassment.dc.gov.
#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

In the District, street harassment is defined as any unwanted statement, gesture, or conduct that is disrespectful, offe...
04/21/2021
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In the District, street harassment is defined as any unwanted statement, gesture, or conduct that is
disrespectful, offensive, or threatening and happens in a public space, a place of business or any location
that is not a private residence in DC.
OHR implements the Street Harassment Prevention Act (SHPA), which is a first-of-its-kind legal measure in the United States that: (1) creates a legal definition of street harassment; (2) establishes a community-based Advisory Committee to study street harassment and develop model policies and trainings; and (3) requires a public information campaign on street harassment. It was designed to uniquely focus on prevention through education instead of criminalization. Learn more at ohr.dc.gov.

#nostreetharassmentdc #stopstreetharassment

Help us get everyone in our community pre-registered for a vaccination appointment. Go to vaccinate.dc.gov or call 1-855-363-0333 to pre-register and then help us spread the word. #DCHOPE Read Mayor Bowser’s Presentation on DC’s COVID-19 Situational Update: April 19

April is #FairHousingMonth and we wanted to celebrate by informing the public about their rights when seeking housing! J...
04/20/2021
OHR Fair Housing Workshop #2

April is #FairHousingMonth and we wanted to celebrate by informing the public about their rights when seeking housing! Join OHR on Thursday, April 29th for a special, virtual "Know Your Rights" workshop discussing all the great housing protections the District has to offer residents and visitors. #HousingProtections #HousingRights #Housing #CivilRights

In observation of Fair Housing Month, OHR is conducting two Fair Housing workshops for residents and community stakeholders.

Join OHR as we celebrate #FairHousingMonth with two virtual workshops covering all of the great housing protections the ...
04/14/2021
OHR Fair Housing Workshop

Join OHR as we celebrate #FairHousingMonth with two virtual workshops covering all of the great housing protections the District has to offer! Click the link to RSVP! #KnowYourRights #FHM #HumanRights #CivilRights #FairHousing #HousingRights #Housing

In observation of Fair Housing Month, OHR is conducting two Fair Housing workshops for residents and community stakeholders.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this week is International Anti-Street Harassment Week, and today is Teal Tuesd...
04/13/2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this week is International Anti-Street Harassment Week, and today is Teal Tuesday! OHR staff (and their pets!) are wearing teal to show solidarity with survivors of sexual violence.

#TealTuesday #SAAM2021 #stopstreetharassment

04/07/2021

April is a busy but special month at OHR. This year, we will highlight several topics over the course of the month including fair housing, language access, sexual assault awareness and street harassment prevention.

Stay in the loop for or social posts for more on trainings and initiatives we will introduce this month.

For more information about OHR services, visit ohr.dc.gov.

#fairhousingmonth #sexualassaultawareness #languageaccess #stopstreetharassment

Join Mayor Bowser's teletownhall at 5 PM as DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Washington Metropoli...
03/24/2021

Join Mayor Bowser's teletownhall at 5 PM as DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. and DC Office of Human Rights address anti-Asian bias and discuss how to support our AAPI community.

Join Mayor Bowser's teletownhall at 5 PM as DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. and DC Office of Human Rights address anti-Asian bias and discuss how to support our AAPI community.

Protect your community by remaining vigilant. If you see something or someone suspicious, say something: iwatchdc.org. #...
03/04/2021

Protect your community by remaining vigilant. If you see something or someone suspicious, say something: iwatchdc.org. #SaferStrongerDC

Protect your community by remaining vigilant. If you see something or someone suspicious, say something: iwatchdc.org. #SaferStrongerDC

Don’t disregard your instincts. If it seems out of place, then it probably is. Report suspicious behaviors and activitie...
03/04/2021

Don’t disregard your instincts. If it seems out of place, then it probably is. Report suspicious behaviors and activities to iwatchdc.org. #SaferStrongerDC

Don’t disregard your instincts. If it seems out of place, then it probably is. Report suspicious behaviors and activities to iwatchdc.org. #SaferStrongerDC

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 91...
03/04/2021

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

We are excited to announce that George E. Rice III (COACH RICE) and Briana Strachan Cleveland (Martha's Table) well also...
02/18/2021

We are excited to announce that George E. Rice III (COACH RICE) and Briana Strachan Cleveland (Martha's Table) well also join us as panelist for our upcoming event!
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George E. Rice III is a coach, educator and founder of The Rebound 4 Success Institute and is ready to discuss is ready to discuss how the rise of youth leadership is critical for our future.
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Briana Strachan Cleveland is the Director of Volunteers and Community Support at Martha’s Table and will bring to the panel her perspective on community support resources.
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You won't want to miss this valuable insight. RSVP for the event: https://bit.ly/3qoMoiS

Thrilled to have Lily Litweiler (DC Public Schools) and Shyheim Snead (United Way of Coastal Fairfield County) join us a...
02/17/2021

Thrilled to have Lily Litweiler (DC Public Schools) and Shyheim Snead (United Way of Coastal Fairfield County) join us as a panelist for the upcoming event!
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Linda Litweiler is a Mental Health Counselor for DC Public Schools and is ready to discuss how she’s helped students and youth navigate life during a pandemic, civil rights demonstrations and the unparelled attack on democracy on January 6, 2021.
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Shyheim Snead is a Strategy and Partnerships Manager at the United Way will bring perspective from the nonprofit world on how our local communities can come together and heal despite the uncertainties of the past year.
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You won't want to miss this valuable insight. RSVP for the event: https://bit.ly/3qoMoiS

Join us for the big event on Thursday, Feb. 25th! The virtual event, featuring a panel of incredible speakers, will focu...
02/15/2021

Join us for the big event on Thursday, Feb. 25th! The virtual event, featuring a panel of incredible speakers, will focus on dissecting and processing the current challenging cultural/political landscape and inspiring DC youth as they shape their own futures. Come learn, share, and heal. RSVP today for the FREE event! #NoHateDC https://bit.ly/3qoMoiS

Join us for the big event on Thursday, Feb. 25th! The virtual event, featuring a panel of incredible speakers, will focus on dissecting and processing the current challenging cultural/political landscape and inspiring DC youth as they shape their own futures. Come learn, share, and heal. RSVP today for the FREE event! #NoHateDC https://bit.ly/3qoMoiS

Today, OHR released the FY19 Language Access Compliance Review. The report provides an overview and analysis of citywide...
12/30/2020

Today, OHR released the FY19 Language Access Compliance Review. The report provides an overview and analysis of citywide efforts to create equal access for individuals with limited or non-English proficiency. As of 2018, the District is home to nearly 100,000 foreign-born individuals with 30.8% of foreign-born residents age 5 or older having limited English proficiency. 

Highlights from the FY19 Compliance Review include: 
* Compliance achievements and reporting for 38 covered entities with major public contact and 23 non-major public contact entities detailing performance level of preparedness, accessibility and quality in serving clients 
* 183,387 encounters with LEP/NEP customers across agencies 
* Language Access compliance training for 41,040 District government employees, including contractor and grantee staff 
* 73,277 calls made by frontline employees to reach a telephonic interpreter to communicate with customers speaking 66 different languages 
* Translation of 830 vital documents by agencies with major public contact.  #languageaccess #limitedenglishproficiency #translation #interpretation

Today, OHR released the FY19 Language Access Compliance Review. The report provides an overview and analysis of citywide efforts to create equal access for individuals with limited or non-English proficiency. As of 2018, the District is home to nearly 100,000 foreign-born individuals with 30.8% of foreign-born residents age 5 or older having limited English proficiency. 

Highlights from the FY19 Compliance Review include: 
* Compliance achievements and reporting for 38 covered entities with major public contact and 23 non-major public contact entities detailing performance level of preparedness, accessibility and quality in serving clients 
* 183,387 encounters with LEP/NEP customers across agencies 
* Language Access compliance training for 41,040 District government employees, including contractor and grantee staff 
* 73,277 calls made by frontline employees to reach a telephonic interpreter to communicate with customers speaking 66 different languages 
* Translation of 830 vital documents by agencies with major public contact.  #languageaccess #limitedenglishproficiency #translation #interpretation

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“The deeply rooted biases that sometimes divide us can cause harassment to escalate to violence and our hope is to turn the tide by increasing solidarity and fighting against hate.” - Monica Palacio, Director of the DC Office of Human Rights. We’re thrilled to announce that the DC Office of Human Rights has joined us and @lorealparis to bring Stand Up Against Street Harassment to Washington, DC! #WeStandUp Click here to learn more: https://buff.ly/2ZeZAyt
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the DC Office of Human Rights and L’Oréal Paris are joining forces to ensure everyone’s self-worth with Stand Up Against Street Harassment bystander intervention trainings. Stand Up uses Hollaback!’s 5Ds methodology. The goal of the Stand Up program is to train 2,000 Washingtonians before the end of 2021 and to ultimately build a culture where street harassment is seen as unacceptable behavior. RSVP for Thursday, October 21st from 6 – 7pm EST: bit.ly/StandUpOct21
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