Community Highlights

The Commission’s Community Relations Bureau (“CRB”) promotes understanding and respect among New Yorkers. Its five borough-based Community Service Centers provide resources to help New Yorkers understand their rights and obligations under the City Human Rights Law.

The following are highlights of CRB’s accomplishments in 2018.  Keep checking this page for monthly updates, and be sure to follow us on social media for daily happenings.

April 2018

Commission Commemorates Faith, Fair Housing, Immigrant Justice and Sexual Assault Awareness

The Commission celebrated New York City’s Jewish and Sikh communities by hosting its 2nd Annual Interfaith Seder at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, and partnering with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President to celebrate the Vaisakhi holiday at the David Dinkins Municipal Building. Both events brought hundreds of New Yorkers together to celebrate immigrant justice and appreciation for New York City’s rich cultural and religious diversity. View photos of the Seder and the Vaisakhi celebrations on Facebook. 

The Commission partnered with the Metropolitan College of the City of New York to offer a workshop on the protections that the New York City Human Rights Law offers tenants using lawful sources of income to secure apartments and pay rent to the staffers of local elected officials throughout the Bronx, along with a resource fair focused on housing rights for the South Bronx community at the College on the same day. The Commission also brought its commemoration of Fair Housing Month to Staten Island, where it partnered with several community-based organizations and the Richmond County Domestic Violence Task Force to host a Fair Housing Forum and Resource Fair. Commissioner Malalis offered remarks at the Forum. 

The Commission partnered with the Mayor’s Office to host a Citywide Day of Action for Immigrant Justice, conducting literature drops at major transit hubs and hosting mobile outreach and intake centers in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and on Staten Island. In total, the Commission was able to reach over one thousand New Yorkers, providing them with access and resources related to the protections offered to immigrants under the Human Rights Law.

The Commission also took a stand against sexual harassment and assault in April, partnering with the First Lady of New York City to co-host “#NoMoreSilenceNYC” to highlight the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, as well as the Commission’s report, “Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Recommendations and Trends Based on 2017 Public Hearing Testimony”. Commission staff also participated in annual Denim Day commemorations in Manhattan and the Bronx, in order to provide local communities with information and resources regarding protections against gender-based discrimination under the Human Rights Law.

March 2018

Commission's Commitment to Women's Rights Reaffirmed during Women's History Month Events Around Town

The Commission hosted “Empowering Women in Non-Traditional Employment,” a symposium and resource fair at the DC 37 (Local 154) office. The event, which included a training on sexual harassment, presented the opportunity for the Commission to reach women who may be more vulnerable to discriminatory or harassing actions by their employers because of the nature of their work. In addition to the workshops, remarks were provided by Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis and Public Advocate Letitia James. You can view a photo album from the event on Facebook.

The Commission also partnered with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Brooklyn for the launch of the Commission’s first ever “Empowering Young Women” curriculum. The curriculum, developed by the Commission, serves as an educational and training syllabus to be administered over a number of weeks in order to ensure that girls know their rights under the City Human Rights Law, how to take action if they are discriminated against, and how they can engage their peers, politicians, schools, and representatives to advocate for the causes and initiatives they care about most. View a photo album from the YWCA event.

Commissioner Malalis was also featured as a panelist at a number of events across the five boroughs this month. She gave opening remarks at the Sexual Justice NOW! panel discussion at John Jay College, where she spoke on how the Commission has been responding to an important moment in women's rights way before the first sexual harassment scandals broke in the news. Watch her remarks on Facebook.

Also, at a #MeToo townhall hosted by BRIC-TV, Commissioner Malalis informed attendees and those watching live on Facebook about how the Commission protects individuals against sexual harassment and what is the role of government and policy makers at this historic moment in women’s rights. She also encouraged those who are victims or witnesses of harassment to report it to the Commission. Watch a two-minute recap of the Commissioner’s participation on the panel.

February 2018

Commission Hosts Two Panel Discussions as part of Black History Month Outreach

On February 15, the Commission brought together academic and community leaders to host a lively and engaging discussion about human rights in African communities at Jerome Green Hall at Columbia Law School. The discussion ranged in topics from NYC and international human rights law to immigration, fair housing, and the gentrification of traditionally African American neighborhoods.

Also in February, the Commission hosted a panel discussion in Harlem on the topics of race, displacement, and economic justice. The event was attended by community leaders from across New York City and highlighted the needs of communities that are rapidly changing due to gentrification. View a photo album from the event on Facebook.

January 2018

Commission Conducts Day of Action Following Alleged Religious Discrimination in Brooklyn

After a Muslim woman in Brooklyn reported that a number of teenagers harassed her and shouted Islamophobic comments towards her, the Commission's Community Relations Bureau and volunteers conducted a "Day of Action" at the Brooklyn Borough Hall MTA Station to educate community members about legal protections against discriminatory harassment and religious discrimination under the City Human Rights Law and how to report incidents.

The Commission also used its digital channels to draw attention to the activity itself and supportive materials like the #IAmMuslimNYC Fact Sheet.