PURPOSE: To recognize individuals, community groups, non-profit organizations, and business establishments in Arlington County that have demonstrated sustained commitment and outstanding achievements in the pursuit of cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights.
BACKGROUND: The Arlington County Board established the Human Rights Commission in July 1989 to preserve Arlington County as a community richly diverse and valued for the heterogeneity of its residents. The Commission has established the Human Rights Award Program in honor of the late James B. Hunter for his human rights devotion and leadership for all Arlingtonians.
CRITERIA: Applications should reflect human rights achievements on an individual basis, through work with other individuals, or through a specific example (s), product(s), or activity and must have some visible, tangible, or measurable impact on the perception of, attitude toward, respect for, and treatment of other persons.
An organization will not be selected for an award if it has a complaint pending against it before the Commission, or if the Commission has within the past three years found reasonable cause to believe that the organization violated the Human Rights ordinance.