Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission Panel Discussion on Race Disparities
The Human Rights Commission hosted a panel discussion aimed at reducing and eliminating  racial, ethnic, and social class disparity in criminal justice, education, community, employment/economic wellbeing, and housing in Dubuque by providing access and opportunity for all on January 28, 2015, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Clarke University in the Jansen Music Hall.  Click this link to view the Race Disparities Report .

A follow-up community forum will be at Prescott School in the Neighborhood Resource Center Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

What is the Human Rights Commission?


The Human Rights Commission is a group of nine community members that are appointed by the City Council to three-year terms.  The commissioners meet monthly, joined by Human Rights Department staff, to work on annual goals established by the commission.  

The Commission is established by City Code, and works in collaboration with the City staff to:
  • investigate and determine the merits of complaints alleging unfair or discriminatory practices in housing, employment, education, credit, or places of public accommodation;
  • study the extent and causes of discrimination in the community and work to eliminate it through education and promotion of human rights;
  • take action to promote civil and respectful behavior and eliminate discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, ancestry, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
You can view the minutes and agendas for Commission meetings here.  You can view the job description of a Human Rights Commissioner here. 
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