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Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights

John H. Mulroy Civic Center
15th Floor East 
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 435-3565

Our office is staffed from
8 am to 4 pm. Mon - Fri.

Welcome to the Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights

• A division of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Montanette Murphy


Montanette Murphy

Executive Director of Human Rights, Administrator of the

Justice Center Oversight Committee,

Title VI, ADA & LEP Plan Coordinator



Our Mission: To promote understanding and acceptance of diversity, facilitate intergroup communication, identify and address sources of intergroup tension and conflict, reduce conditions which can lead to discrimination and restrict opportunity, and to provide related education, information and referral.


The Human Rights Commission especially focuses on addressing prejudice and discrimination on the basis of color, creed, sex, age, religion, nationality/national origin, language used for communication, disability, marital status, and sexual orientation.

I-81 Public Virtual Meeting




How to file a complaint

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The Human Rights Commission Director serves as the County's coordinator for its non-discrimination policies under Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you feel that you have been wrongly denied access to Onondaga County's programs or services, or discriminated against by a county employee, you can contact the Human Rights Commission for information about the county's policies and complaint procedures.


The Human Rights Commission staff are also the contact point for the new Jail Oversight Committee. For more information, or to address serious concerns about treatment or conditions at the Onondaga County Jail, please contact the Human Rights Commission staff.

The Human Rights Commission Meetings


The Members of the Onondaga County / Syracuse Human Rights Commission meets once a month at 5:30 pm on a Wednesday night.  Please see the specific dates and locations listed below. 


If you would like to join The Human Rights Commission meetings please contact our office at (315)435-3565.

                                          2021 Human Rights Commission meeting dates

Date Location Agenda Minutes
January 20 Virtual click here  click here
February 17 Virtual click here  click here
March 17 Virtual click here  click here
April 21 Virtual click here  click here
May 19 Virtual click here  click here
June 16 Virtual click here  click here
July 21 Virtual click here  click here
August 18 Virtual click here  click here
September 15 Virtual click here  click here
October 20 Virtual click here  forthcoming
November 17 Virtual    forthcoming
December 15 Virtual    forthcoming


For Meeting Agendas and Available Minutes from Past Years, click here


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