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Media Advisory: OHR to Join Twitter Town Hall on National Safe Schools Day

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 02, 2012

CONTACT: Elliot Imse, Policy & Public Affairs Officer: 202.481.3773, [email protected]


The DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) will participate in a Twitter Town Hall on National Safe Schools Day to highlight students, teachers, schools and communities in building inclusive and safe schools in the District and nationwide. Twitter-users can ask questions about DC and federal initiatives on bullying prevention using the #BullyFreeDC hashtag. OHR is participating in the Town Hall with Federal Partners at; Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN); The Trevor Project; PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center; and Safe Schools Action Network.


Friday, October 5, 2012
3 pm – 4 pm

Hashtag: #BullyFreeDC
Follow the conversation by using search term  #BullyFreeDC.


OHR leads Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force, which is charged with developing a District-wide model anti-bullying policy for use by District agencies. The Task Force – created under the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 – is comprised of District government agencies, advocates, direct service providers, school administrators, teachers, parents and youth. Learn more about the Task Force at

Twitter handles for official participants are: @DCHumanRights, @StopBullyingGov, @PACERCenter, @GLSEN, @TrevorProject and @safeschoolsNOW. The participating Federal Partners at include US Department of Education, US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



About the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights
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.

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