About the Commission

The Human Rights Commission was established in 1969, and is composed of 11 members and a non-voting member, who is a student under 18 years old. Commissioners must live in the county and they represent diversity of Howard County citizens.

The duties and responsibilities of the Commission are prescribed by law, and include recommending a civil rights policy to the County Executive and the County Council concurrently; the authority to make surveys and studies concerning human rights, conditions and problems; as well as, the authority to file a complaint when there is reason to believe a pattern or practice of discrimination exists.

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No current vacancies.

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Resources and Information
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Upcoming Meetings
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Due to COVID  meetings are held by virtual Webex.

January 21, 2021
Public Forum join Link: click here

January 30, 2021 Retreat
Public Forum join Link: click here

February 18, 2021
Canceled due to inclement weather.
Rescheduled: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Public Forum join Link: click here

March 18, 2021
Public Forum join Link: click here

View HRC Meeting Agendas and Minutes.

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Contact Us
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The Office of Human Rights & Equity                                                   
c/o Office of Human Rights Commission
9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 237
Columbia, MD 21046-3137

Contact Human Rights and Equity by phone at

410-313-6430(Main)

410-313-6468(Fax)

410-313-6401(TTY)

Contact Human Rights Commission via email

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Members of the Human Rights Commission
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COTT B. MARKOW, CHAIR - Term expires: 3/1/23 
BIANCA CHANG, VICE CHAIR - Term expires: 3/1/25
JOSHUA KAUFMAN, CORR. SEC. - Term expires: 3/1/25

Commissioners

BOB FORD Term expires: 3/1/23
GABRIEL TERRASA - Term expires: 5/1/22
PETER HWANG - Term expires: 6/1/21
JOAN HASH - Term expires : 6/1/21
KUI ZHAO - Term expires: 3/1/25 
LESLIE SALGADO-TAMYO - Term expires: 4/1/24
LYNDA EARLE - Term expires: 3/1/24 
MABROOKA CHAUDHRY - Term expires: 3/1/22
PETER HWANG - Term expires: 6/1/21

Student Commissioner

JONATHON DI PIETRO - Term expires : 6/30/21 

Human Rights Commission Staff

MELISSA GOLDMEIER, HRC LEGAL COUNSEL, Howard County Office of Law
YOLANDA F. SONNIER, Executive Secretary
CHAUNTA TAYLOR, Recording Secretary

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Reports and Statements
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  • Click here to view the 2020 County Executive and County Council Cover Letter Regarding Immigration Sub-Committee Report.
  • Click here to view the 2020 Immigration Sub-Committee Report.
  • Click here to view the HRC Statment Regarding February 11, 2020 Crime.

View HRC Rules of Procedure.

Agendas & Minutes
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2021
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  • December 16th - Agenda Minutes - (Will be approved @ January 2022 meeting)  
  • November 18th - Agenda Minutes - (Will be approved @ December meeting)  
  • October 21st - Agenda Minutes - (Will be approved @ November   meeting)  
  • September 16th (Yom Kippur)  meeting  rescheduled September 14th  - Agenda Minutes - (Will be approved @ October meeting) 
  • August - NO MEETING 
  • July 15th - Agenda Minutes - (Will be approved @ September meeting)   
  • June 17th - Agenda Minutes - (Will be approved @ July meeting) 
  • May 20th - Agenda Minutes - (Will be approved @ June meeting) 
  • April 15th - Agenda Minutes - (Will be approved @ May meeting) 
  • March 18th - Agenda Minutes - (Will be approved @ April meeting)
  • February 18th- Rescheduled To Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - Agenda Minutes  Written Public Testimony
  • January 30th Retreat - Agenda Minutes   
  • January 21st - Agenda Minutes  
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