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Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights

Barrie Gewanter
Executive Director

Bridget Owens
Human Rights Specialist

John H. Mulroy Civic Center,
Suite 19 - Basement Level
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

(315) 435-3565

 

Free Call from Inmates at Jail or Jamesville: (315) 435-3567 

 

Welcome to the Onondaga County/Syracuse
Commission on Human Rights

Mission of the Human Rights Commission:

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.

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.

 

Our staff currently includes Ms. Barrie Gewanter, Executive Director and Ms. Bridget Owens, Human Rights Specialist. Our office is generally staffed from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, unless one of us has a meeting or other activity outside the office. Please call ahead if you wish to speak with one of us in person.

 

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Meetings of the Human Rights Commission:

 

 

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 listed below.  Meetings are normally held the Rosamond Gifford Community Room at 518 James Street.  Enter at the rear of the building off Hawley Ave. The business portion of meetings are open to the public.

 

For Available Agendas and Minutes of the 2017 Meetings of the Commission See Links Below:     

 

HRC Meeting # Meeting Date2017 - 12 Location Agenda Approved Minutes
2016 - 1 September 14, 2016 221. South Warren St. click here click here
2016 - 2 October 26, 2016 518 James St. click here click here
2016 - 3 November 16, 2016 518 James St. (Gifford Rm) click here click here
2016 - 4 December 21, 2016 518 James St. (Gifford Rm) ckick here click here
2017 - 1 January 25, 2017 200 Wyoming St. (PEACE) click here  
2017 - 2 February 22, 2017 716 Hawley Ave. (NE Community Center click here  
2017 - 3

March 30, 2017

(original March 15, 2017 meeting cancelled due to weather)

 

518 James St. (Gifford Rm)

 

click here

 
2017 - 4 April 26, 2017 518 James St. (Gifford Rm) click here  
2017 - 5 May 24, 2017 518 James St. (Gifford Rm) click here  
2017 - 6 June 21, 2017 518 James St. (Gifford Rm) click here click here
2017 - 7 July 26, 2017 518 James St. (Gifford Rm) click here click here
2017 - 8 August 30, 2017 518 James St. (Gifford Rm) click here  
2017 - 9 September 27, 2017 518 James St. (Gifford Rm) click here  
2017 - 10 October 25, 2017 518 James St. (Gifford Rm) click here  
2017 - 11 November 15, 2017 518 James St. (Gifford Rm)    
2017 - 12 December 13, 2017 518 James St. (Gifford Rm)    
2018 - 1 January 24, 2018 tba    
2018 - 2 February 28, 2018 tba    
2018 - 3 March 28, 2018 tba    
2018 - 4 April 18, 2018 tba    

 

NOTE: In 2017 Meetings of the Human Rights Commission will be held on either the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of Each Month

 

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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONONDAGA COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER (JAIL) OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE & MEETINGS OF THIS COMMITTEE PLEASE GO TO NEWLY CREATED WEBSITE FOR THE JCOC AT  www.ongov.net/jcoc 

 

Note: Meetings of the JCOC are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.  These meetings are listed on 

         the JCOC Website

 

 

 

 

 
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