It is the policy of IAOHRA to convene an annual education and training conference for representatives of member agencies as well as for non-member agencies engaged in the field of human rights. Read complete Conference Planning Guide here.








This event will air on WNIN and Facebook Live, Saturday, January 16, 2020 at 5:30 PM




IAOHRA's International Human Rights Day Virtual Celebration
Annual Membership Meeting/Elections
Dec. 10, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET

IAOHRA's International Human Rights Day Virtual Celebration featured Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr., celebrated human rights leader and giant of the Civil Rights Movement who orchestrated the famous lunch counter sit-in campaign, and whom Martin Luther King, Jr., called "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world."

See resolutions approved during this meeting here.

Recording of this event currently unavailable. Check back soon. 

IAOHRA Webinar


“Fair Housing Matters: The Challenges of Housing Access in a Racially Divided Nation During COVID-19” held Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET / Noon CT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT. 

Hear from HUD FHEO Assistant Secretary Anna María Farías, as well as national fair housing experts.  Discussions will include: Unique Fair Housing Issues Presented by COVID-19; Best Agency Practices in the Age of Pandemic; and Fair Housing and COVID-19 as seen through Race and Gender Equity Lenses.

•    HUD FHEO Assistant Secretary Anna María Farías
•    HUD FHAP Director Joe Pelletier
•    Professor Michael Seng, UIC John Marshall School of Law
•    Michael Allen, Esq., Relman Colfax, LLC
•    Amy Nelson, Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana
•    Melody Taylor, HUD Regional Director/NFHTA Senior Advisor
•    Jeffrey May, International Development & Planning, LLC
•    Steve Tomkowiak, Esq., Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
•    Akita Smith-Evans, DC Office of Human Rights (INVITED)
•    Stella Adams, SJ Adams Consulting
•    Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance
•    Megan K. Whyte de Vasquez, Esq., U.S. Department of Justice (INVITED)

IAOHRA Town Hall Meeting | June 26, 2020, 1-3 pm

Hear from national experts highlighting pertinent and timely human and civil rights crises facing us today, and learn about available resources and ways you can become part of the solutions. Discussions will include those on Fair Housing; Discrimination; Hate Violence and Trends; Health and Economic Disparities; Excessive Use of Police Force, Violence and Reform; the "I Can't Breathe" Movement; Protests and What They Mean; Where Do We Go From Here; and the Charge to Human and Civil Rights Workers.

Recording of this event now available.






This year’s conference will be a great event for learning, networking and reflecting on our rich civil rights history from the west coast. The theme for this year is "2020 Vision and Inclusion: Celebration & Challenges" The conference will be held August 9-14, 2020, at the Hotel Indigo, Downtown Los Angeles, California.

The meeting to be hosted by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.



The 2019 IAOHRA Annual Meeting and Conference was held August 18 - 22, in Orlando, FL. The theme for this conference was "IAOHRA at 70: Made By History. Forging Our Global Future.". The conference was held at The DoubleTree Downtown, 60 South Ivanhoe Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32804.

(Members can view complete list of conference resources by logging into the "Members Only" page.  


Conference Materials 



The 2018 IAOHRA Annual Meeting and Conference was held August 26 - 30, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The theme for this conference was “Advancing the Civil and Human Rights Agenda: the Fierce Urgency of Now". The conference was held at The Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elam Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel (Conference Hotel)
35 West 5th Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

August 26-30, 2018


Conference Resources




The 2017 IAOHRA Annual Meeting and Conference was held September 24 - 28, in Seattle, Washington. The theme for this conference was “Entering A New Era: Uniting to Protect and Promote Human Rights For All". The conference was held at The W Hotel, 1112 4th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98102.

See conference related materials below. 

  1. Conference Agenda

  2. Complete Conference Program 




The 2016 IAOHRA Annual Meeting and Conference was held August 7 - 11, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year’s theme “Liberty, Justice and Human Rights for All” invokes U.S. history, the decades-long fight for equal rights and equal justice under law, and now a quest to define who is included in “justice for all.”  The conference program includeds compelling speakers and plenary sessions on LGBTQ issues and civil rights, fair housing, state and local implementation of international human rights standards and strategies, racial equity, dangerous speech, and police /community relations.  


See conference related materials below:

  1. Conference Agenda

  2. Complete Conference Program




The 2015 IAOHRA Annual Meeting and Conference was held September 27 – October 1 in Birmingham, Alabama. This conference gave special recognition to the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Speakers included Dr. C. T. Vivian, civil rights icon; Mayor William Bell, City of Birmingham; Gail Christopher, Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation; Morris Dees Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; The Honorable UW Clemon; and Dr. Bob and Jeanie Graetz leaders in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  The meeting included a tour which visited historic civil rights landmarks in Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery which included a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.


See conference related materials below:


  1. IAOHRA Program Booklet

  2. Post Conference Overview and Blog 

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