Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights and Louisville Metro celebrate Kentucky Human Rights International Day
February 21, 2006
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and the Louisville Metro Office for International Affairs (OIA) held its first International Open House today to celebrate Kentucky Human Rights International Day.
Fifty participants met officials from both organizations and other partners like the Kentucky Housing Corporation, U.S. Housing and Urban Development HUD) Kentucky Office, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Kentucky Field Office, Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, and the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet’s Deputy Secretary Derrick Ramsey.
The celebration of human rights is part of KCHR and OIA ongoing efforts to promote inclusion and equality.
“It’s vital to ensure that Kentucky immigrants have a voice in their state human rights commission’s work and are made aware of the services provided by their commission,” said KCHR Executive Director Murnane.
Kentucky has the 10th fastest growing immigrant population in the nation.
During the past four years, KCHR has conducted more than 85 outreach activities targeted to Hispanics, Vietnamese, Somalis, Bosnians and Russians. KCHR has held 10 immigrant workshops and booths since January.
The commission staff includes a supervisor whose full-time job is to work with Kentucky immigrants, a bilingual investigator to work with complainants who only speak Spanish, and a public affairs representative who is fluent in French, a language spoken by some Vietnamese residents in the state.•