In recent weeks, national attention has pivoted towards Connecticut after parents of student athletes began two separate petitions to change the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) bylaws regulating the participation of transgender athletes in high school athletics. Claiming that transgender athletes have an unfair biological advantage, the petitions want the rules to require transgender athletes … More The Civil Rights of Transgender Athletes competing in Connecticut Public Schools
We are excited to announce that we have finalized our list of speakers for our upcoming Summer Symposium: Mental Health in Connecticut Prisons. Our speakers are Alden Woodcock and Santos Colon from EMERGE Connecticut, Dr. Craig Burns and Commissioner Scott Semple from the Connecticut Department of Correction, Staci Peete from Norwalk Community Care, Dan Barrett … More Come join us at our Summer Symposium!
The CHRO cordially invites the public to our Summer Symposium on mental health care in Connecticut prisons. We look forward to having an in-depth discussion with you on the state of mental health care in our incarcerated population, what health care is provided to them, and how the care provided affects their lives post-incarceration. We … More Save the Date for our Summer Symposium!
Today, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) announced new guidance to ensure that all veterans receive equal treatment when seeking employment opportunities. Currently, some private employers categorically exclude job applicants with less-than-Honorable discharges from the military (colloquially known as “bad paper”). However, due to a number of discriminatory policies and practices, the … More CONNECTICUT PROTECTS JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS WITH “BAD PAPER”
The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) will be holding a legislative breakfast on February 21st, 2018. The event is free and open to legislators and the public. Breakfast and coffee will be served. The protection of civil rights is more important now than ever. A long-overdue national conversation regarding sexual harassment has been … More Please join us for the 2018 CHRO Legislative Breakfast!
(HARTFORD, CT) – A public forum has been scheduled to deal with the allegations of discrimination brought to the attention of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities against the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The public forum will be held on January 25, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at … More CHRO SCHEDULES JANUARY 25TH PUBLIC FORUM REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AT DMHAS
On Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11:00A.M. The Connecticut Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission will hold its thirty-second annual National Liberty Bell Ringing Celebration to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King. Jr. The celebration will take place at the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. The Invocation will be offered by … More Join the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at the State Capitol
The CHRO has begun working with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America – Connecticut Chapter and their counsel, the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic, to address systemic discrimination against veterans. This post is written by Alyssa Peterson, a Yale Law Student Intern at the clinic to explain how the discriminatory issuance of “bad papers” … More Discriminating against Veterans with Less-than-Honorable Discharges in Hiring or Employment Could Subject Employers to Liability Under Civil Rights Laws
On November 9, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Executive Director Tanya Hughes and Deputy Director Cheryl Sharp attended the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Advisory Board meeting and participated in a discussion of the recently published November 2017 Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Report (“Traffic Stop Data Analysis and Findings, 2015-2016”). The report named seven … More CHRO EXECUTIVE AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR PARTICIPATE IN THE RELEASE OF THE MOST RECENT RACIAL PROFILING TRAFFIC STOP REPORT
Several important and ongoing issues were dealt with during the November 8th meeting of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. At its last meeting in October, the Commission heard a complaint from the Connecticut Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People alleging racial discrimination within the Connecticut Department of Mental … More CHRO DEALS WITH ONGOING COMMUNITY ISSUES AT NOVEMBER MEETING