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The Office of Human Rights investigates incidents of hate/violence and complaints of discrimination. Victims of hate/violence crimes can seek compensation for replacement of property through the County's Partnership Fund, administered by the Office of Human Rights.



2016 Civil Rights Educational Freedom TourREGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  2016 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour, April 3 - 10, 2016.  Join us for this inspired and educational tour as we travel south to visit the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement. The tour will retrace the Freedom Trail to learn about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks & the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Voters Rights and other significant events of the Civil Rights Movement.  SEATS ARE LIMITED. Click here for Registration Information.  See Tour Itinerary here.

You dont't have to be a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland to participate in this amazing adventure. The Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour was modeled from the idea of the Civil Rights Heritage Tour initiated from the work of the Raleigh North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Bruce Lightner the Committee Founder.   See photos from the 2015 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour.

Fair Housing PublicationDiscrimination in the Rental Housing Market Against People Who Are Deaf and People Who Use Wheelchairs: National Study Findings Publication. This report provides results of the first national paired-testing study of housing discrimination against people who are deaf or hard of hearing and against people who use wheelchairs. Read more here.


Ike LeggettStatement by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett & The Montgomery County Council on Deportation Threats Against County Residents, January 11, 2016. Our nation faces a significant humanitarian challenge in how we deal with the thousands of children and families fleeing violence in Central America. Current conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras merit granting special temporary protection to these children and parents who have legitimate reason to fear for their lives if returned to their countries. Read complete statement here.

Human Rights Day 2015PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS . . .  The Montgomery County Council on Dec. 8 joined the worldwide celebration of Human Rights Day. The United Nations approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948. At the ceremonies in Rockville were, left to right: James Stowe, director of the Office of Human Rights; Commissioners Alejandro Becerra; Okianer Christian Dark, the associate dean for academic affairs at the Howard University School of Law; Council President Nancy Floreen; and Commissioner Suresh Gupta, who is president of the National Association of Indian Asian Associations.

2015 Literary ContestDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2016 Literary Contest and Visual Arts Show. The Montgomery County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee Invite all Montgomery County Elementary, Middle, and High School Students to participate. This event is OPEN TO All Montgomery County Students in Elementary, Middle and High School. Entry Deadline – Friday, December 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. This program is held In Observance of Montgomery County, Maryland’s Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  See flyer for this event and Literary Contest Rules here.

I have a dream - Martin Luther King addressing a crowd in front of the Lincoln MemorialThe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee is seeking nominations for the Children of the Dream Award, and the Humanitarian Award, which will be presented at the MLK Celebration on Monday, January 18, 2016, 3:30 pm.  Montgomery County Executive and Montgomery County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee jointly sponsor this celebration, which will be held at Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland. Click here for more information on the Children of the Dream Award and the Humanitarian Award.

Ban the Box“Ban the Box,”  or the Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Law, assists in the successful reintegration into the workforce people with criminal records by removing improper barriers to employment. The law helps to make sure that employers make hiring decisions based on relevant work qualifications without improperly considering a person’s criminal record. The law does this by restricting when during the application process an employer can inquire about someone’s criminal history.  Read More Here.


Trombone playerMosaic: An African American Perspective is a monthly half-hour cable show  aired on County Cable Montgomery, the County government cable access channel, found on Channel 30 on the Verizon Cable system, and Channel 6 on the RCN and Comcast Systems.   Watch host Deborah Milo as she discusses the third annual Friendship Picnic with Montgomery County Office of Human Rights Director James Stowe. Watch Now

Human Rights Camp Human Rights Camp. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights facilitates a "Human Rights Camp". The purpose of the camp is to alleviate hate that is fueled by fear and ignorance by interaction and education. The program is designed to bring together students from diverse racial, cultural religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds for a weekend experience in interracial and intercultural understanding.   Registration Deadline, Friday, October 2, 2015. Find out more about the Human Rights Camp   here .

hands of different shapes and colors Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. On Monday, October 31, 2016 the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights will host its ninth biennial Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland.   The Human Rights Hall of Fame mission is to honor individuals who have made great personal sacrifices in contributing to human and civil rights in Montgomery County, either as trailblazer of the past or as current light bearers in the struggle. See 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees.


2014 Literary Contest See photos and videos from various events and/or activities of the Office of Human Rights.  Photos include Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the MLK, Jr. Committee and events such as the   20th year that Montgomery County has celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a formal tribute and musical celebration at Strathmore, photos from   the Joint Commission Public Forum on "Do You Think A Trayvon Martin-Type Incident Could Occur In Montgomery County." , among others.  



Montgomery County Office of Human Rights · 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330 · Rockville, Maryland 20850
Telephone: 240.777.8450 · Fax: 240.777.8460 · TTY: 240.777.8480
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