Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Receives National Award

The International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IOAHRA) based in Washington, D.C. has awarded CHRO Deputy Director Cheryl Sharp its Individual Achievement Award.  This honor is presented to an IOAHRA member for a continuing commitment to equal opportunity and civil rights demonstrated through efforts to create and implement high caliber programs for civil rights enforcement professionals and their communities.

Attorney Sharp has been instrumental in an educational program for high school students throughout the state called Kid’s Speak which leads to an essay competition called Kid’s Court.  Ms. Sharp followed this success by expanding the discrimination education and outreach program of the Commission by adding educating the public and private sector about discrimination.  This includes the Business Training Institute which sends out Commission employees and volunteers statewide as trainers to educate businesses about the discrimination laws in the State of Connecticut.

“We are naturally very proud of Cheryl’s recognition,” said CHRO Executive Director Tanya Hughes. “Cheryl has been instrumental in numerous initiatives that have propelled the mission of CHRO. We are excited for Cheryl and also view this award as recognition of the fine work the team here at the Commission have done collectively.”

An additional part of her work in education and outreach Cheryl has organized many community forums to educate the public on such subjects as race, housing, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and many other protected classes.

Attorneys Hughes and Sharp were both members of the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project which resulted in a ground-breaking system of tracking traffic stops and ticketing along racial and ethnic lines.  “We are committed to stopping any racial profiling in Connecticut,” Sharp stated.