WELCOME

Local governments are on the front lines of addressing domestic violence.  Indeed, state and local agencies and city and county governments are already recognizing freedom from domestic violence as a human right.  Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we would like to  share information on the relevance of the human rights framework to your work and offer a few suggestions for how you can use human rights in your jurisdiction.  Read more. Visit National Network to End Domestic Violence.

MEMBER NEWS:
SAVE THE DATE

The Department of Human Rights will kick off Human Rights Week in Minnesota with an all-day symposium providing must-have information on the latest trends and legal decisions that affect you. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 10, 2014 and make plans to attend the 2014 Human Rights Symposium. See IAOHRA News section for details.


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.