Office of Human Rights

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What's New

On March 23, the Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning hate, scapegoating and violence directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The resolution affirms the City of Alexandria’s commitment to actively combating racism, achieving racial and social equity, and protecting its vulnerable residents.

City Council’s resolution also reflects the City’s “ALL Alexandria” commitment, which centers on race and how it intersects with other areas of inequity. This includes all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, ages, genders and abilities. The goal of ALL Alexandria is to reduce and eliminate disparities and inequities experienced by all people, especially those in communities of color and other groups who have been historically and systemically marginalized.

Persons who believe they have been victims of a hate crime or have witnessed a hate crime are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Rights at 703.746.3140 for assistance.

he International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) and the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights hosted a housing webinar on August 13, 2020, entitled "Fair Housing Matters: The Challenges of Housing Access in a Racially Divided Nation During COVID-19."  

HUD FHEO Assistant Secretary Anna Maria Farias and several national fair housing experts had discussions that included: Unique Fair Housing Issues Presented by COVID-19; Best Agency Practices in the Age of Pandemic; and Fair Housing and COVID-19 as seen through Race and Gender Equity Lenses.

You can watch a recording of the event at the following link: COVID19 and Fair Housing.

About the Office

The Alexandria Office of Human Rights was established to combat discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live, work, or visit in Alexandria. The Office enforces the Alexandria Human Rights Code (the Code), passed in 1975 as one of the first local human rights laws in Virginia, by receiving and investigating complaints of discrimination under the Code and applicable federal and state laws.  See here to learn about the kinds of discrimination the Code makes unlawful, and here for more information on how to file a complaint.

In addition to enforcing the local code, as a Fair Employment Practice Agency (FEPA), the Office also receives and investigates complaints of employment discrimination filed under federal antidiscrimination laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. 

The Office also houses the ADA Program Manager

Boards & Commissions

The Office provides staff support to two commissions: the Alexandria Human Rights Commission and the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities.  Click the links to learn more.

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