Human Rights

The Charlottesville Office of Human Rights receives individual complaints of discrimination, conducts community outreach, and provides staff support to the Human Rights Commission. 

The Human Rights Commission is a volunteer group of individuals appointed by City Council to act as a strong advocate for justice and equal opportunity by providing citywide leadership and guidance in the area of civil and human rights. The Commission provides recommendations to City Council and engages with the public on matters relating to civil and human rights.  Individuals interested in serving on the Human Rights Commission should check for vacancies on the City's Boards and Commissions Vacancies webpage. Applicants are encouraged to review the Human Rights Commissioner Service Description to learn more about the time commitments and responsibilities of Commission service.

The Charlottesville Human Rights Ordinance (PDF) defines the Office’s jurisdiction and process for addressing complaints of discrimination, in accordance with state and federal law.

What Can the Office of Human Rights Do for You?

All inquiries by phone or email to the Office of Human Rights are protected by law from disclosure to outside parties without your express permission.