2018 Press Releases

Mayor de Blasio Announces Department of Correction Will House Incarcerated Individuals According to Gender Identity, Working with City Human Rights Commission to Maintain Transgender Housing Unit, 04/16/18

“No one should feel unsafe for being who they are. Housing incarcerated individuals consistent with their gender identity is not only about dignity and respect but an important recognition of the unique challenges and vulnerabilities transgender and gender non-conforming individuals face in corrections facilities nationwide,” said Chair and Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis. “We are proud that today’s announcement shows NYC’s strong commitment and leadership to protect the rights and safety of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and we look forward to continuing our work with the Department of Correction and advocacy organizations to implement these policies which are paramount to ensure inmates can engage in steps to rebuild their lives."

NYC Commission On Human Rights Launches Citywide Ad Campaign To Encourage New Yorkers To Report Sexual Harassment In The Workplace, 04/04/18

“We created this public outreach campaign to remind New Yorkers that the Commission is a venue where New Yorkers can report sexual harassment, get justice, and hold violators accountable,” said Chair and Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Carmelyn P. Malalis. “At the Commission, we understand that many victims may hesitate to report sexual harassment given the imbalance of power in the workplace. Many victims fear retaliation, damaging their careers, or worse, that they won’t be believed. We want to assure New Yorkers that the Commission takes every claim of sexual harassment seriously and investigates claims to get justice for victims. We encourage victims to come forward and report sexual harassment to the Commission so we can help put an end to it. No one should suffer sexual or gender-based harassment in the workplace, not now, not ever."

NYC Commission On Human Rights Announces Settlement with Lenox Hill Radiology Following Investigation Into Failure to Provide Equal Access to Mammograms for Patients with Disabilities, 03/14/18

“Unequal access to health screenings and medical facilities puts people with disabilities at a higher risk for disease, including illnesses that could be life-threatening if left undiagnosed and untreated,” said Assistant Commissioner of the Law Enforcement Bureau at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Sapna V. Raj. “The Commission acts immediately when it learns of possible violations like these and works with entities to resolve matters so that people with disabilities get the access to the life-saving medical examinations they need to live long, healthy, and happy lives. We hope this settlement encourages health providers across the City to proactively make broad and far-reaching changes to their facilities and practices to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities and that medical manufacturers everywhere create medical equipment and devices that meet the U.S. Access Board’s current accessibility standards.”

NYC Commission on Human Rights Announces Settlement with Sunnyside Queens Condo Board Following Investigation into Tenant Harassment And Discrimination, 02/16/18

Settlement requires resignation of board member Neal Milano and two others, removal of offensive displays and symbols in lobby, and changes to house rules to comply with the NYC Human Rights Law, among other changes.  Commission launched investigation in August 2017 after receiving reports of harassment and discrimination from elected officials, tenants, and condo owners.
“We hope this settlement sends a strong message to housing providers citywide that New York City does not tolerate discrimination or harassment and that we will not hesitate to take immediate action when we learn of violations,” said Assistant Commissioner for the Law Enforcement Bureau at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Sapna V. Raj.

Statement from Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis on the New York City Commission on Human Rights's 2018 Artist in Residence, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, 01/23/18
“We are excited to welcome artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh whose profound work tackling street harassment directly ties to the Commission’s efforts to combat harassment and gender-based discrimination in New York City,  With Ms. Fazlalizadeh, we hope to engage more communities with thought-provoking pieces that promote inclusiveness, safety, equality, and respect for all New Yorkers, whether it’s at work, on the street, or in their homes. I thank the Department of Cultural Affairs for making the Commission part of this inspiring collaboration.”  

Fazlalizadeh, creator of the “Stop Telling Women to Smile” series, will collaborate with the Commission on public art projects that address race and gender inequality in NYC.