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Renée Battle-Brooks is the daughter of missionary parents and was born in Accra Ghana. She graduated high school from Beirut Overseas School in Beirut, Lebanon. She attended Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, in Takoma Park, Maryland. Ms. Battle-Brooks earned her Juris Doctor at the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. This is her 27th year of practicing law, the first 8 of which were with the Public Defenders Office for the State of Maryland. For nearly 19 years, she has worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her duties have included Chief of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault and Vulnerable Adult Unit where she prosecuted those who sought to harm children, including sexual exploitation and child pornography cases. Her final assignment in the Office of the State’s Attorney was serving on the Community Prosecution team where she dealt with a variety of issues to include human trafficking and other community issues.

 

December 2018, Ms. Battle-Brooks began a new assignment as she was appointed the Executive Director of the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission. The Human Relations Commission is the county’s civil and human rights education and enforcement agency and is responsible for eradicating discrimination in all forms for all who work, live, play and visit within the boundaries of Prince George’s County. Further, the Human Relations Commission is responsible for organizing and managing the task force identifying and recovering victims of human trafficking, increasing prosecution of traffickers and education the public in its role as the chair of the Prince George’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Finally, the Human Relations Commission is responsible for overseeing initiatives that protect through legal representation county residents in federal custody under threat of deportation and is responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing an equal language access protocol for all residents to access equally county agencies, programs and benefits.

 

In her spare time, she lends her services to community issues and groups to include MCASA’s [Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault] board where she served as President of the board and Past President of the board. She currently serves as a board member of ADRA International, and the Columbia Union Executive Committee. Ms. Battle-Brooks is a violinist and plays regularly with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She has performed in numerous venues with the orchestra, including Washington’s Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City, St. Martin in the Fields, London, England, the Jerash International Music Festival, Amman Jordan, and many other venues in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Prince George’s County Maryland Human Relations Commission
 

Upper Marlboro, Maryland
 

Executive Director:  Renée Battle-Brooks