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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,
13th Floor
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

(315) 435-3565


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


Welcome to the

Commission on Human Rights

Our Mission:

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, sexual orientation or any other arbitrary factors.

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.







The Members of the Onondaga County Justice Center Oversight Committee will be meeting

on Thursday May 12, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Technology Garden in Downtown Syracuse

at 235 Harrison St.  Syracuse, NY 13202. 


DATED: May 2, 2016.  This notice is given in order to comply with the Open Meetings Law.

Barrie Gewanter, Administrator
Onondaga County Justice Center Oversight Committee


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