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Tompkins County Human Rights

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The Office of Human Rights

Due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights Office will be closed to the public, but we will be scheduling phone appointments to help individuals file complaints with the New York State Division of Human Rights. We are still taking all inquiries very seriously and are here to help you. You may reach us by calling (607) 277-4080.

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The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and Ithaca Asian American Association strongly condemn recent acts of racist-motivated harassment, intimidation, verbal and physical attacks and microaggressions against our fellow Asian and Asian American community members. During the current COVID-19 pandemic communities in Ithaca and worldwide are working together to mitigate its spread; making emergency provisions for those infected; and compassionately helping many whose lives and livelihoods have been disrupted.

Yet there are those, locally, nationally and globally, who have seized this moment to tear the fabric of human community. The pandemic affecting us all, directly or indirectly, is global, untethered to any one locale, region, continent or hemisphere. This public health emergency, during which we practice social distancing, should not be exploited to foster racist division and ethnic scapegoating that separates us as human beings. We are all in this together. And we will eventually overcome this together.

We stand with and in support of all Asian and Asian American residents of Tompkins County and against anti-Asian discrimination. They should not be subjected to “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”—a violation of their human rights—because of Coronavirus. Please report incidents of discrimination to the Office of Human Rights, which can facilitate the filing of complaints regarding institutions and individuals with the New York State Division of Human Rights, at 607-277-4080 or email. Report acts of intimidation, verbal and physical attacks report to law enforcement by calling the 911 Center - 911 for emergencies, and 273-8000 for non-emergencies. Contact the Ithaca Asian American Association if you seek cultural and social support at email or get more information on IAAA website.

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (TCOHR) is a County department which facilitates the filing of human rights complaints with the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR). Such complaints include allegations of discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodation, education and other areas covered by New York State Human Rights Law: 

New York State Division of Human Rights Complaint Form

The office makes referrals to legal and other regarding interpretation of local and state human rights laws as well as federal laws and offers advice on human rights concerns. TCOHR also organizes education and outreach initiatives addressing human rights and social justice issues and, in partnership with CNY Fair Housing in Syracuse, affirmatively furthers fair housing.

The Human Rights Commission

The Tompkins County Human Rights Commission (TCHRC) is a volunteer advisory group appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature for the purpose of fostering mutual understanding and respect among all persons in Tompkins County. The general role of the TCHRC is to encourage equality; discourage discrimination; and to serve as an advisory board to the Office of Human Rights. Commissioners (15 in all) must be residents of the County.


Tompkins County Charter - Human Rights Commission


Office Hours

M-F 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
120 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-4080              Fax 607-277-4106

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