Human Rights Commission (HRC)

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Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. If you experience discrimination, please contact the Arlington County Office of Human Rights. We are stronger when we stand together.

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In the County, it is unlawful to:

  • Discriminate because of race, national origin, color, marital status, sex, gender identity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or familial status (being pregnant or having children under age 18)
  • Retaliate against any person who opposes discriminatory practices
  • Discriminate in the sale, rental or financing of housing or commercial real estate; the provision of public accommodations; applications for or offers of credit; enrollment in private educational institutions; and employment

HRC Members

Human Rights Commission Members
Helen Connolly – Chair

Fatima Argun
Whytni Kernodle
Stephan Kline
Steven Krieger
Carole Lieber
Shawn Pierce
Walter Charles Sargent
Roland Watkins
Christopher Wimbush

Executive Director
Gurjit Chima

Anna Maynard
Juan Torres

Affirmative Action & Diversity Coordinator

ADA/Section 504 Coordinator
Courtney Sales



NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Human Rights Commission meeting schedules and format have changed. At this time, confirmed meetings convene virtually. 

How to View and Participate in a Virtual Human Rights Commission Meeting

Virtual Human Rights Commission meetings are held through electronic communication means in compliance with the Code of Virginia and Arlington County’s Continuity of Operations Ordinance. All meetings are open to virtual attendance by the public and closed to in-person attendance.

  • Commission members, staff, and public comment are hosted by teleconference/videoconference via Microsoft Teams. The link to the meeting is posted at least one week in advance.
  • The public may also submit written comments to the Commission using this form.
  • A recording of the meeting is posted to the County website two business days after the meeting.
  • The public can participate by sharing live verbal testimony.
  • Speakers may join the meeting via Microsoft Teams (accessible through a web browser or the free app), or, via a phone line to provide their comments.



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