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Campaigns and Outreach

As part of its mission to eradicate discrimination in the District of Columbia, the Office of Human Rights has launched numerous awareness campaigns aimed at preventing discrimination and encouraging people to report discrimination when it happens. Below are the most recent campaigns. 

 

20th Anniversary of the DC Language Access Act

April 2024, marked the 20th anniversary of the DC Language Access Act. The District celebrated the 20th anniversary of the DC Language Access Act, with the theme:  'Reflecting on the Past, Embracing the Present, and Planning the Future In 2024.' To mark this significant milestone, OHR hosted a special celebratory event, featuring a panel discussion with prominent language access advocates and leaders. The event also included an award ceremony, honoring the noteworthy contributions of District agencies and nonprofit organizations in advancing language access across the city. To engage a broad spectrum of community members, including those with limited or non-English proficiency, a multimedia campaign was featured in various local DMV newspapers and ethnic news outlets, extending a warm invitation to join the celebration alongside OHR.

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Safe Bathrooms DC

The Safe Bathrooms DC campaign, launched in April 2014, aimed to change the stressful and even dangerous experience of using public restrooms by making every single-stall   public bathroom, which is a small room with a toilet and sink and a door that locks, such as those found at restaurants, in the District gender-neutral. It is the law, but just like ten years ago, many businesses are still unaware of this requirement.

Ten years later, many businesses and individuals are still unaware of this requirement. That is why OHR has revamped and updated the resources and information concerning this. If you see a single-stall public bathroom  that is not gender neutral, just tweet us the business name and location using #safebathroomsdc or fill out our five question form.

To learn more and get resource, please click here.

                                                    

 

Youth Bully Prevention Posters

Youth Bullying Has No Place in the District! Starting in September 2023, the Youth Bully Prevention Program started to make anti-bullying posters available to schools; they are also able to be downloaded for free. This allows the school or agency to provide information regarding their designated Bullying Point of Contact and OHR’s Youth Bullying Prevention Program.
 
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Protected Trait Tuesday

In FY23, OHR created a series of posts to our social media account that highlighted the 23 protected traits under the DC Human Rights Act. These posts were translated into the top six languages in DC, and included topics such as: which traits apply to which four areas of enforcement (educational institutions, employment, housing, and public accommodation and government services) and sharing the revised definitions of each trait.

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TEDxMidAtlantic Salon - EVE: Everyone Values Equality

Watch talks from speakers at the TEDxMidAtlantic salon "EVE: Everyone Values Equality," presented by TEDxMidAtlantic in 2016 in partnership with OHR. The talks from speakers explored the realities women face in the United States today, and how to move toward a 21st century of equal opportunity regardless of gender and gender identity. Watch the talks now.

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#WomenAreEqualDC

The #WomenAreEqualDC gender equality campaign, launched in October 2015, features seven women from diverse race and ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities. The campaign aims to raise awareness on civil rights protections for women in the workplace, including women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. See the campaign ads.

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DC Websites Speak Your Language

In September 2014, OHR announced the completion of a yearlong initiative to provide critical service information in multiple languages on over 30 District government agency websites. Individuals who speak Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish or Vietnamese are now able to access a description of core services using an in-language hyperlink featured near the bottom of each agency homepage. To promote awareness of the language-specific pages, OHR has placed advertisements in local ethnic media outlets and alerted community partners who serve limited and non-English proficient residents. See the campaign ads.

DC Government Speaks Your Language Ad

 

Know Your Rights "I Speak" Campaign: Summer 2012

The 2012 Know Your Rights campaign aims to educate limited and non-English proficient DC residents about interpretation services that must be made available to them at government agencies if they speak Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish or Vietnamese. The seven public service announcements and six print advertisements released with the Know Your Rights campaign acknowledge the difficulty of being limited or non-English proficient, but that "I Speak" cards provided by the DC Office of Human Rights can make access to government services easier. View all the public service annoucements and download an "I Speak" card on the Know Your Rights campaign page

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