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Media Advisory: District observes the 40th anniversary of the DC Human Rights Act

Monday, December 4, 2017
The local law will be celebrated at an event on December 6




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 4, 2017

CONTACT: Stephanie Franklin (OHR) – 202.727.1145; [email protected]


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – On December 6, 2017, the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights and Commission on Human Rights will host an event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the passage of the District of Columbia Human Right Act of 1977 and it’s continued impact in the District and beyond. The event titled Still Standing Strong: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the DC Human Rights Act will include a brief film screening on the historic moments leading into the passage of the Act and panel discussion exploring the future of civil and human rights under the pressures of the current societal climate.

Additionally, the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights will honor Katherine Huffman of The Raben Group for her contributions to advancing civil rights and commitment to criminal justice reform. Ms. Huffman will receive the notable Cornelius “Neil” Alexander Humanitarian Award –an award for outstanding achievements in civil rights and namesake of former Chief Judge Neil Alexander –at the event.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

5:30-8:00pm (reception from 5:30-6:30pm)

RSVP information below


Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School

1100 Harvard St. NW

Washington, DC 20009

*Closest Metro: Columbia Heights Metro Station*



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.



About the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights

The Commission on Human Rights is a quasi-independent body whose primary function is to adjudicate private sector discrimination complaints brought under the DC Human Rights Act. It is comprised of 15 volunteer Commissioners appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Three administrative law judges assist the Commission in upholding its responsibilities.