(Hartford) At its September 13, 2017 meeting, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities voted unanimously to reappoint Executive Director Tanya Hughes to a second term as head of the agency.

Hughes has been the executive director of the CHRO since 2013, before that serving in various capacities at the agency for eighteen years. During her time as executive director, Hughes has overseen a period of great progress for the agency. At a time when the CHRO has taken in more complaints than in any other period in its history, it has managed to close complaints at its highest ever rate. The CHRO also worked to get legislation passed in 2015 that streamlines the complaint process. Hughes has taken other steps to make the CHRO process more accessible and efficient, such as improving its informational technology and increasing uniformity and consistency throughout the agency.

Under Hughes’ leadership, the CHRO has continued to expand its outreach efforts through its Business Training Institute and Speaker’s Bureau and participation across the state in panels and forums. The agency has also worked to expand its partnerships with many outside groups, ranging from the Racial Profiling Advisory Board (of which Executive Director Hughes is a member) to the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition. The CHRO has been recognized for its work during the last few years with awards from the International Association of Human Rights Organizations and the White House for its work regarding civil rights.

“The Commission was very pleased to unanimously reappoint Tanya Hughes to her second term as the Executive Director of CHRO.  During the last four years, Director Hughes has consistently demonstrated heightened skill, diligence, and dedication to the mission of the agency. It is always a pleasure working with Tanya and the Commission appreciates her impressive contributions to CHRO,” stated Commission Chairperson Cherron Payne.

“I am honored that the Commissioners trust me to continue the work that we have been doing over the last few years. In today’s climate, the need for an effective and fair civil rights agency is more important than ever and I look forward to persisting in the fight against discrimination in our state,” said Hughes.

The CHRO is one of the oldest state civil rights agencies in the nation, established in 1943. Its continuing mission is to “eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education.”