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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.


Statement on Behalf of Tompkins County Legislature Denouncing Racialized Violence Against Asian Americans

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Tompkins County Legislature strongly condemns the recent killings of people of Asian descent in Atlanta, GA, and the persistent racialized violence and discrimination that Asian and Asian American people face in our Country and communities.

These despicable and violent acts committed against Asian Communities are part of a pattern that we must all denounce and actively address. We have seen violent and discriminatory acts against Asian and Asian American members of our communities throughout this pandemic, in many cases stoked by unfounded anti-Asian rhetoric. Hate, prejudice, and violence against people of other races and backgrounds have no place in our society – people are not a virus nor a fetish – we must treat one another with dignity and respect.

Amidst the pain that we feel in response to these tragedies it is our hope that we can strive to be a welcoming community of shared understanding, and one that has hard conversations that lead to action. These tragedies and the responses to them by lawmakers are not happening because someone is having a “bad day.” They are rooted in systemic oppression and we need to address them through the lens of systemic change and anti-racist actions.

Our County has resources available, including our Office of Human Rights and an Employee Assistance Program available for County Employees. The Tompkins County Legislature encourages all members of the community to seek support in times of crisis or need, and to report acts of discrimination and violence.

Leslyn McBean-Clairborne
Chairwoman of the Tompkins County Legislature


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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