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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. 

Interested in hosting 2025 Conference?  Proposals are being accepted now. Interested agencies should submit a digital proposal to the Conference Planning Committee. See the Conference Planning Guide for Proposal details and follow the instructions detailed in Appendix A- Formal Bid Package Criteria. Questions?

Registration Now Open! 2024 IAOHRA Annual Training Conference, August 11 -15, St. Louis
Conference Registration | Hotel Reservations
IAOHRA Members Take Advantage of the Discounted Rate and Use Code "2024iaohra" at Check Out to Receive Discount.

This is an election year for IAOHRA which is an integral part of our annual conference. The elections will be held during the IAOHRA Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, August 14, from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm. The following positions are available: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and four (4) Members-at-Large. The election of Regional Representatives is held during the Regional Caucus Meetings on Wednesday, August 14, from 8:30am to 9:30 am.


If you are interested in being considered for one of these offices, please submit the Nomination Form no later than Friday, August 2, 2024. For questions contact: Robin Toma, Nominating Chair at See Board of Director's dutiesLearn more


The Resolutions Committee is pleased to invite you to submit resolutions for IAOHRA's 2024 Conference to be held August 11-15, 2024, in St. Louis, Missouri. Please submit resolution proposals by Monday, July 22, 2024. Learn more

Interested in hosting IAOHRA 2025 or 2026 Conference? Interested agencies should submit a digital proposal to the Conference Planning Committee for 2025 for consideration by Monday, July 22, 2024. See the Conference Planning Guide for more information and follow the instructions detailed in Appendix A- Formal Bid Package Criteria


The awards dinner is a very special opportunity to gather together to celebrate and honor exemplary achievements in civil and human rights. Please take a moment to nominate a deserving person or organization to receive this prestigious recognition from IAOHRA by completing the online nomination form. The deadline to submit is Monday, July 22, 2024.



International Human Rights Day Free Webinar, December 5, 2023, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m (CST) - See Flyer for Details. Missed the Webinar? View Recording Here.

2023 IAOHRA Annual Training Conference, August 13-17.  The North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, Rockville. See photo album from conference  

Conference Agenda |  Conference Program | Speaker Presentations 


International Human Rights Day Free Webinar: "Moving the Needle Towards a Human Rights Framework" 
Thank you for joining us on December 7, 2022, for this special free webinar to observe and celebrate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See Informational Flyer


Missed the Webinar?  See Video Recording Here 

IAOHRA 2022 Annual Training Conference 
“Human Rights: A Unified Vision for Equity and Justice”
The Sheraton Grand Los Angeles | Aug. 14-18


Conference Program | Conference Agenda

Additional conference information, handouts, and presentations are available here.

IAOHRA 2021 Annual Training Conference (Virtual Meeting)

IAOHRA’s Annual Conference, Dec. 7-8, 2021: “Leading with Infinite Hope…Charting a New Human Rights Agenda”

Conference Agenda | Conference Program

Registrants will be sent log-in information no later than Monday, Dec. 6.  If you have misplaced or have not received your log-in instructions please email us promptly at

Click here for more details.


IAOHRA Virtual Event 
Human Rights at Home: Responding to Structual Discrimination and Police Violence.
Feb 25, 2020 | 1 - 3 PM EST
Meeting recording available. View here.  


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.

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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