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Tompkins County Human Rights

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The Office of Human Rights

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights, is now open to the public. We can accommodate in-person appointments until further notice with appropriate social distancing and use of masks (please use your mask if you visit the office) or can schedule phone appointments or Zoom meetings regarding allegations of human rights violations. Please call us at (607)277-4080 for further information.


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: 

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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