Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute

We are pleased to share with you a new resource on key human rights issues relevant to the work of IAOHRA members. Human Rights Recommendations to the United States: A Desk Reference for State and Local Human Rights Agencies distills recommendations to the United States to improve human rights, based upon recent United Nations reviews of the United States’ human rights record.  See complete details here.


Jean M. Kelleher, President

By unanimous affirmation from the members of the Board of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies and in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association, Jean M. Kelleher was elected the President of IAOHRA. 

As President of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA), I take great pride in welcoming you to our website.  IAOHRA was founded in 1949 in New York.

The International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies is a non-profit membership organization with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The primary members are statutory human rights and human relations agencies with authority for enforcing a variety of human and civil rights laws in their respective jurisdictions.

IAOHRA provides opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas and information among member agencies and other human rights advocates. It provides assistance in the development of programs for eliminating illegal discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, public services and commercial transactions, including banking and lending practices. It also is responsible for developing educational programs on human rights and civil rights issues, and serves as a clearinghouse for information exchange between human rights agencies around the world.

The goals of IAOHRA are:  

  • To foster human and intergroup relations
  • To enchance human and civil rights practices under the law.
  • To promote civil and human rights around the world.

The association has provided leadership in the developmetn and enforcement of needed statutes and ordinances to safegaurd the human and civl rights of all people.