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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.

AttentionAttention: Montgomery County’s new Earned Sick and Safe Leave law goes into effect October 1, 2016.


Please click here to see the fact sheet on the new law and a copy of the signed legislation. If you have additional questions or need further information please call 240-777-8490 or email


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.


Join Us November 10th for our next County Employment Law Update Information Breakfast. This event will focus on Montgomery County's new and emerging laws.

The County, State & Federal Employment Law Update Information Breakfast held Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Silver Spring Civil Center was a great success!. Participants learned  about new and emerging Employment Laws & Regulations. This event was presented by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission.  See flyer  and program agenda  from the May 24th event.


Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction Ceremony. Make Your Nominations Today! On Sunday, December 4, 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 a trailblazerof the past or as current light bearers in the struggle. Click here to make your nomination . Deadline for nominations are November 4, 2016.  See 2014 Hall of Fame inductees here.


Human Rights Camp Human Rights Camp, October 21 - 23, 2016.  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. Find out more about the Human Rights Camp  hereSee Human Rights Camp Application Form and Invitational Letter


The Montgomery County Friendship Picnic was held Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, Maryland. Bringing Together Communities With Diverse Cultures and Faiths. 

This event was endorsed and supported by the Montgomery County Committee on Hate/Violence (COHV), the Mongtomery County Office of Human Rights, the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission, the Montomery County Office of Community Partnerships, and the Montgomery County Executive's Faith Community Working Group.  See photos from this event here.


Fair Housing Poster Contest Fair Housing Poster Contest Winner. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights Fair Housing Poster Contest for 5th Grade Students is presented each year as part of the agency’s Human Rights Diversity Camp.  See video of the Fair Housing poster contest winning presentation. The presentation was made to the winner Ms. Parker Rock, a 5th grade student of the Chevy Chase Elementary School, Maryland. See video .




2016 Civil Rights Freedom Tour SAVE THE DATE! 2017 CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM TOUR, APRIL 8 -15, 2017.

The 2016 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour was held April 3 - 10. This inspired and educational tour traveled south to visit the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement.
The tour retraced 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. You don'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 .




2016 Black History Month


Black History Month. Civic and Human Rights leaders of Montgomery County were present on Feb. 23 as the County Council recognized Black History Month. At the event were, left to right: Vernon and Janet Ricks, Arlee Wallace, Councilmember Craig Rice, Odessa Shannon, Director of the Office of Human Rights James Stowe, Ruby Rubens, Warren Fleming, Cherri Branson, Pat Grant and Julian Norment.



Faith Community Advisory Council

Montgomery County, Faith Community  Advisory Council Notes and Events.  The upcoming events provide new opportunities for crossing the bridge from separation to communication and a cherished sense of community.  Read more here .




Fair Housing Publication

Discrimination 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 Leggett

Statement 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.




Montgomery County Office of Human Rights · 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330 · Rockville, Maryland 20850
Telephone: 240.777.8450 · Fax: 240.777.8460 · MD Relay: 7-1-1

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