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The mission of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) is to provide opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas and information among member agencies and other human rights advocates.

IAOHRA 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.


We develop educational programs on human rights and civil rights issues, and serves as a clearinghouse for information exchange between human rights agencies around the world.


We  connect you to the best and brightest experts in every issue area critical to the human and civil rights effort through IAOHRA meetings and professional training opportunities, you’ll connect with civil rights professionals with your same interests and concerns. 


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Since 1949, IAOHRA supporters have been vigilant and vigorous defenders of civil and human rights for all. We’ve made great  progress on important issues, but there is much more work to be done.

You are vital to IAOHRA in assisting us in fulfilling our goal. 

We have more civil and human rights history to make.


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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-local, state, and federal - to safeguard the human and civil rights of all people.

The City of Winston-Salem
Human Relations Commission

The Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission / Human Relations Department (WSHRC/HRD) educates, provides, facilitates, promotes, anticipates, studies, and recommends programs, projects, feedback, and actions for the elimination of discrimination in any and all fields of human relationships.


The purpose of the Commission is to study problems of discrimination in any or all fields of human relationship and encourage fair treatment and mutual understanding among all ethnic groups in the City. For more specific information, see Section 2-211 of the City Code.


The creation of a citywide environment that is a place where everyone is treated fairly.


The mission of the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission ("WSHRC/HRD") is to educate, create, facilitate, promote, anticipate, study, and recommend programs, projects, feedback, and actions for the elimination of discrimination in any and all fields of human relationships.


  • Study problems of discrimination in any or all fields of human relationship and encourage fair treatment and mutual understanding among all ethnic groups in the city

  • Promote equality of opportunity for all citizens

  • Provide channels of communication among all ethnic groups

  • Encourage the employment of qualified people of all ethnic groups

  • Encourage youth to become better trained and qualified for employment opportunities

  • Anticipate and discover those practices most likely to create animosity and unrest among racial and ethnic groups and by consultation seek a solution as these problems arise or are anticipated

  • Hold such meetings as the commission may deem necessary or proper to assist in carrying out its functions

  • Make recommendations to the city council for action it deems necessary for the furtherance of harmony among racial and ethnic groups in the city

  • Perform duties consistent with general law as may be assigned it from time to time by the city council

  • Perform such other duties as necessary to enforce the powers assigned it in accordance with Article IV, the Fair Housing Ordinance of the City of Winston-Salem, of Chapter 38 of the City Code

  • Facilitate partnerships with fair housing and cultural community organizations to further the purpose of the commission.

The nature and the extent of its policies and programs are determined and set by the commission and shall be implemented within accepted policies and procedures of the city.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Winston-Salem’s employment practices are guided by federal, state, and local rules and regulations guaranteeing employment opportunities to all persons without regard to and prohibiting discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, political affiliation or beliefs, national origin or handicap, unless a bona fide occupational qualification exists.

View the online Jobs listing and employment application.

Requests for Reasonable Accommodation

The City is subject to certain provisions within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Should you have a question concerning the ADA, its application to the City, or a request for a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department or the City’s ADA Coordinator in the City Attorney’s Office for further information.


To learn more contact Wanda Allen-Abraha, J.D. , Director