WELCOME

February 2015, Black History Month. Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Read more about Black History Month at History.com.

MEMBER EVENTS

2015 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour Mark Your Calendar. Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour, April 6 - 11, 2015 . This fun filled and educational tour travels south to visit the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement. The tour will retrace the Freedom Trail to learn about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks & the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Voters Rights and other significant events of the Civil Rights Movement. 

You dont't have to be a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland to participate in this amazing adventure. The Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour was modeled from the idea of the Civil Rights Heritage Tour initiated from the work of the Raleigh North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Bruce Lightner the Committee Founder. Click here for more information!


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

The Civic Federation and Motorola Solutions Foundation announces the 2014 Excellence in Rocco Claps, Director of the Illinois Department of Human RightsPublic Service honoree, Rocco Claps, Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Mr. Claps is a former officer and prominent member of IAOHRA. Read press release 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. See bio here.

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 enhance human rights practices under law.
  • To promote civil and human rights around the world.

The association has provided leadership in the development and enforcement of needed statutes and ordinances to safeguard the human and civil rights of all people.