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1/6/2016 - 01.06.16 Howard County’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration scheduled READ MORE
12/3/2015 - 12.3.15 Howard County Office of Human Rights to offer workshop on religion and reasonable accommodations in the workplace READ MORE
12/2/2015 - 12.2.15 Howard County Office of Human Rights to cohost first ‘Maryland Emergency Preparedness Summit for Faith Leaders’ READ MORE
10/20/2015 - 10.20.15 Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Commission seeks nominees for 2015 “Living the Dream” Award READ MORE
10/19/2015 - 10.19.15 Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Commission invites students to participate in essay contest READ MORE
8/26/2015 - 08.26.15 Howard County Office of Human Rights to present four additional screenings of the award-winning documentary, “The New Black” READ MORE
6/4/2015 - 06.04.15 Student Commissioner wanted for Human Rights Commission READ MORE
6/2/2015 - 06.02.15 Howard County Office of Human Rights to present the award-winning documentary, “The New Black” READ MORE
2/13/2015 - 02.13.15 KITTLEMAN NAMES NEW ADMINISTRATOR FOR OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS READ MORE
5/3/2013 - 05.03.13 Student Commissioner Wanted for Human Rights Commission READ MORE

The Office of Human Rights

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239
Columbia, MD 21046
410-313-6430
FAX: 410-313-6468

 

MISSION

The Howard County Office of Human Rights is an entity of the Howard County Government that seeks to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect and promote Human Rights in the County. The Office serves as a catalyst in fostering attitudes and beliefs among Howard County citizens which confirm that all individuals have an equal opportunity to enjoy a wholesome and productive quality of life and can pursue their lives free of discrimination.

The Office of Human Rights...

  • Investigates and process complaints of unlawful discrimination in Employment, Housing, Public Accommodation, Law Enforcement and Financing (Lending Institutions)
  • Resolves complaints by conference, conciliation or through mediation
  • Enforces the Howard County Human Rights Law
  • Conduct public hearings on issues affecting the protection and promotion of Human Rights
  • Conducts studies, surveys and publish reports
  • Recommends policies on Civil and Human Rights to the County Executive
  • Cooperates with other local, state, and federal agencies and officials to protect and promote better human relations
  • Serves as advocate to address issues involving discrimination, human relations and diversity
  • Initiates and participates in outreach activities and events with governmental and community organizations
  • Serves as a liaison with the public, governmental agencies and community groups to develop educational programs, heighten public awareness of discrimination and methods of eliminating discrimination