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DC Commission on Human Rights (DCCHR) and DC Office of Human Rights (DCOHR) Announce Call for Nominations

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

DC Commission on Human Rights (DCCHR) and DC Office of Human Rights (DCOHR) Announce Call for Nominations

DCCHR and DCOHR announce call for nominations for Third Annual Cornelius R. “Neil” Alexander Humanitarian Award.

The District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights and the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights are accepting nominations for the Second Annual Cornelius R. “Neil” Alexander Humanitarian Award. The Award will be presented at the annual International Human Rights Day program in December.

Purpose
The Cornelius R. “Neil” Alexander Humanitarian Award celebrates the efforts and
accomplishments of individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of human or civil rights and to improving the quality of life in the District of Columbia.

Neil Alexander
Neil Alexander was the Chief Hearing Examiner for the DC Commission on Human Rights, from 1987 until his untimely death in 2007. Neil was widely recognized as an expert in discrimination law and a leader in the fight for social justice. With an extensive knowledge of discrimination law, he wrote numerous legal decisions in cases that received regional and national attention.

The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights
The DC Office on Human Rights is an agency of the District of Columbia government that seeks to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity, and protect human rights in the city. The Office enforces the DC Human Rights Act of 1977 and other laws and policies on nondiscrimination.

The District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights
The Commission on Human Rights adjudicates private sector complaints that have been found to have probable cause and have been certified by the Office on Human Rights, issues regulations to implement the Human Rights Act, and conducts public outreach efforts.

Past Awardees
2008: Johnny Barnes

Mr. Barnes currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union for the National Capital Area. Mr. Barnes has also spent more than a quarter of a century in various Congressional staff positions. 

2009: Wade Henderson
Since 1996, Wade Henderson has served as the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and counselor to the Leadership Conference Education Fund. The Leadership Conference  is the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition.
 
Award Criteria
Please provide a narrative of no more than 500 words supporting your nomination based on the following criteria:

  1. In what way has the individual made a significant contribution in the field of human or
    civil rights?
  2. In what way has the individual improved the quality of life or had some impact in the
    District of Columbia?
  3. Is the individual a resident of the District of Columbia? (Note, non-DC residents who
    demonstrate significant contributions to (1) and (2) above will also be considered).

Nomination Deadline
Nominations must be received by the Commission on or before Friday, September 10, 2010.

To submit a nomination, please click here.   If you have any questions, please contact Julia Ochoa at Julia.Ochoa@dc.gov or by calling (202) 727-4559.