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

Friday, August 14, 2009

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

DCCHR and DCOHR announce call for nominations for Second 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.

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 18, 2009.

To submit a nomination, please select here.

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