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In NYC, You DO Have The Right.

Learn how to contact the Commission when you experience discrimination by downloading our resource list.

About the Campaign: Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Commission on Human Rights launched this citywide anti-discrimination campaign to affirm New Yorker's right to live, work, and pray free from discrimination and harassment. The campaign, which includes ads, PSA videos, and community events, follows a 60 percent increase in reports of discrimination to the NYC Commission on Human Rights in 2016, a trend that continues into 2017.

The campaign follows a significant increase in reports of discrimination and bias incidents in NYC to the NYC Commission on Human Rights, as well as an increase in investigations resulting from those reports.

  • The Commission saw a 60 percent increase in overall reports of discrimination in 2016, a trend that continues into 2017.
  • Reports of discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and immigration status increased by 30 percent in 2016.
  • The Commission is currently investigating 30 percent more complaints of discrimination than this time last year, with more than 1,600 current open cases of discrimination compared to 1,200 in May 2016.
  • More than 40 percent of all open cases at the Commission (more than 700 cases) involve discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and immigration status.
  • In fact, the Commission has more than doubled the number of investigations into race, religion, national origin, and immigration status over the last two years, filing 823 complaints in those areas in 2016 and 2015 combined compared to 418 complaints in 2014 and 2013 combined.

Every New Yorker has the right to live free from discrimination and harassment. The NYC Human Rights Law, enforced by the NYC Commission on Human Rights, is one of the strongest anti-discrimination laws in the country, and protects you from discrimination based on race, color, religion, immigration status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, among other protected categories.

In this city, you have the right to file a complaint with the Commission when you feel you have experienced discrimination. If you feel you have been discriminated against, take action. Contact the NYC Commission on Human Rights at 718-722-3131 or visit your local Community Service Center.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 The Commission will host a series of community events tied to the campaign to further educate the City's diverse communities about their rights and how to file discrimination complaints with the Commission. These "You Do Have the Right in Your Neighborhood" events range from panel discussions on race, faith, culture, and human rights to festivals that celebrate diverse communities and the values that unite them and make them stronger against discrimination.

 

May 22, 6PM to 8PM

Different Faiths, One Struggle: The NYC Commission on Human Rights, alongside JCC Harlem and Council Member Bill Perkins, will host a forum to discuss the crucial role faith communities played during the Civil Rights Movement and how faith communities can partner with city government to continue to protect human rights.

Location: JCC Harlem, 318 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026

Manhattan

June 15, 7PM to 9:30PM

Interfaith LGBT Iftar Dinner: The Commission will join with LGBTQ and Muslim groups to co-sponsor an Interfaith LGBT Iftar to celebrate Pride & Ramadan.

Location: The LGBT Center 218 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Manhattan

June 16, 7:30AM - 9:30AM

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Manhattan

June 16

Iftar in the City: The Commission will join the Mayor’s Offices of Immigrant Affairs and Community Affairs Unit to host the “Longest Table” iftar event in the heart of New York City, bringing together Muslim and non-Muslim communities to celebrate diversity and fight Islamophobia.

Location: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn

June 18, 5PM to 7:30PM

“Loving Staten Island” Friendship Dinner: The Commission will join Project Hospitality for a dinner to bring together Staten Islanders from different neighborhoods, faith traditions, and ethnic backgrounds to discuss how communities can combat discrimination.

 Location: Pride Center of State Island, 24 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301

Staten Island

June 24, 10:30AM to 2PM

The Commission will co-host a domestic workers convening with Department of Consumer Affairs and Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, along with partner organizations National Domestic Workers Alliance, Cornell ILR, and Adhikaar. 

Location: PS 69, 77-02 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

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Queens

June 29, 6PM to 8PM

Race, Community, and Human Rights in Bed-Stuy: A Conversation (June 20, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) The Commission will host a panel discussion featuring L. Joy Williams of the NAACP, Kirsten Foy of the National Action Network, Rabbi Bob Kaplan of The Center for Community Leadership, and Dr. Alfonso Wyatt of the Jericho Faith-Based Technical Assistance Project, to lead a community conversation on the role that local government can play in protecting human rights in the face of demographic change in the traditionally Black community of Bedford-Stuyvesant. 

Location: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Brooklyn