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The Office of Human Rights investigates incidents of hate/violence and complaints of discrimination. Victims of hate/violence crimes can seek compensation for replacement of property through the County's Partnership Fund, administered by the Office of Human Rights.

AttentionAttention: Montgomery County’s new Earned Sick and Safe Leave law goes into effect October 1, 2016.
           Please click here to see the fact sheet on the new law and a copy of the signed legislation

Ban the Box “Ban the Box,”  or the Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Law, assists in the successful reintegration into the workforce people with criminal records by removing improper barriers to employment. The law helps to make sure that employers make hiring decisions based on relevant work qualifications without improperly considering a person’s criminal record. The law does this by restricting when during the application process an employer can inquire about someone’s criminal history.   Read More Here. 

2016 Juneteenth Celebration FlyerMontgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett cordially invites you to Montgomery County’s 20th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 17th, 2016. Commemorating the events of June 19, 1865 – the day Union Major General  Gordon Granger, upon his arrival in Galveston, Texas, officially declared that the institution of slavery was dead. His announcement came after the official issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. This event will be held at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874. Doors open at 6:00p.m. The program will feature the presentation of the 2nd Annual African American Living Legend Award, the 2016 Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP 2016 ACTSO competition winners.

Special musical guest will be Ronnie Diamond Hoard, Stellar Award Nominee and former lead singer for the Grammy Award winning 1970’s Soul Funk group the Ohio Players.  This a free event and open to the public.  See flyer here.

County, State & Federal Employment Update The County, State & Federal Employment Law Update Information Breakfast held Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Silver Spring Civil Center was a great success!. Participants learned  about new and emerging Employment Laws & Regulations. This event was presented by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission. See flyer and program agenda from this event.

Join Us for our next County, State & Federal Employment Law Update Information Breakfast September 27, 2016. This event will focus on Montgomery County's new and emerging laws.


Fair Housing Poster Contest Fair Housing Poster Contest Winner. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights Fair Housing Poster Contest for 5th Grade Students is presented each year as part of the agency’s Human Rights Diversity Camp.  See video of the Fair Housing poster contest winning presentation. The presentation was made to the winner Ms. Parker Rock, a 5th grade student of the Chevy Chase Elementary School, Maryland. See video .




2016 Civil Rights Freedom Tour 2016 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour, April 3 - 10, 2016. This inspired and educational tour traveled south to visit the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement. The tour retraced the Freedom Trail to learn about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks & the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Voters Rights and other significant events of the Civil Rights Movement. You don't have to be a resident of Montgomery County Maryland to participate in this amazing adventure. The Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour was modeled from the idea of the Civil Rights Heritage Tour initiated from the work of the Raleigh North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Bruce Lightner the Committee Founder.
See photos from the 2015 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour .




2016 Black History Month

Black History Month. Civic and Human Rights leaders of Montgomery County were present on Feb. 23 as the County Council recognized Black History Month. At the event were, left to right: Vernon and Janet Ricks, Arlee Wallace, Councilmember Craig Rice, Odessa Shannon, Director of the Office of Human Rights James Stowe, Ruby Rubens, Warren Fleming, Cherri Branson, Pat Grant and Julian Norment.



Faith Community Advisory Council

Montgomery County, Faith Community  Advisory Council Notes and Events.  The upcoming events provide new opportunities for crossing the bridge from separation to communication and a cherished sense of community.  Read more here .




Fair Housing Publication

Discrimination in the Rental Housing Market Against People Who Are Deaf and People Who Use Wheelchairs: National Study Findings Publication . This report provides results of the first national paired-testing study of housing discrimination against people who are deaf or hard of hearing and against people who use wheelchairs. Read more  here.




Ike Leggett

Statement by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett & The Montgomery County Council on Deportation Threats Against County Residents, January 11, 2016.   Our nation faces a significant humanitarian challenge in how we deal with the thousands of children and families fleeing violence in Central America. Current conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras merit granting special temporary protection to these children and parents who have legitimate reason to fear for their lives if returned to their countries. Read complete statement  here.



Human Rights Camp Human Rights Camp, October 21 - 23, 2016.  The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights facilitates a "Human Rights Camp". The purpose of the camp is to alleviate hate that is fueled by fear and ignorance by interaction and education. The program is designed to bring together students from diverse racial, cultural religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds for a weekend experience in interracial and intercultural understanding. Find out more about the Human Rights Camp here .



hands of different shapes and colors Civil Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  On Sunday, October 30, 2016 the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights will host its  ninth biennial Human Rights Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony  at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland.  The Human Rights Hall of Fame mission is to honor individuals who have made great personal sacrifices in contributing to human and civil rights in Montgomery County, either as trailblazer of the past or as current light bearers in the struggle.   See 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees .


Montgomery County Office of Human Rights · 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330 · Rockville, Maryland 20850
Telephone: 240.777.8450 · Fax: 240.777.8460 · TTY: 240.777.8480
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