Office of Human Rights

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NEW: Universal Representation Pilot Request for Grant Proposals

Proposals Due December 16, 2019: The Alexandria City Council approved funding in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget to fund through a competitive process a legal representation program to support Alexandria residents facing deportation and increase their chances of success in Federal Court and remaining the Unite States legally. The purpose of this request is to solicit proposals from nonprofit legal service providers interested in partnering with City Alexandria to ensure due process rights of immigrant community members and provide legal consultation and representation related to immigration proceedings. 

Full Request for Proposals


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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