The Network of Neighbors program was founded in 1977 on the belief that the local community can play an important role in combating acts of hate and violence. These acts are committed against persons or institutions because of race, religion, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation.
Once the office of Human Rights is notified about an incident, a member contacts the victim and listens to the complaint, conveys concern, and offers assistance. The member assists in whatever way possible. The Network member maintains confidentiality, unless permission is received from the victim to share the particulars.
Eighty, 80 residents of Montgomery County were active participants in the Network of Neighbors program. The Office of the Human Rights currently works with the Committee on Hate Violence to perform many of the functions of the Network of Neighbors. Residents interested in this work should contact the Office of Human Rights