Commission on Human Rights
Third Annual Hispanic and Immigrant Networking Summit Tomorrow!
LOUISVILLE – The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is pleased to announce the third annual Kentucky Hispanic and Immigrant Networking Summit. The Summit will be held on September 25, 2008 at the UK Cooperative Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville, Kentucky from 9:30AM-3:30PM. The Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, Federal Reserve Bank of St. and Louis, Louisville Branch the Lexington Fair Housing Council are cosponsors.
The Networking Summit kicks off a statewide celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). The Kentucky Human Rights Commission has organized this unique event to continue fostering mutual understanding and increased communication and collaboration between the federal, state, and local governments and Kentucky’s immigrant communities.
On September 25th, partnering governmental institutions will have the opportunity to network with immigrant educators and entrepreneurs, directors of Kentucky Latino centers, ministries and refugee agencies, and members of the Hispanic media from across the Commonwealth. Speakers from across the state will emphasize the current needs and potential of the growing immigrant population. In addition to the day’s speaker panels, attending government institutions will have access to immigrant community contacts that have been built over half a decade of intensive outreach efforts by the KCHR. Approximately 150 participants attended last year’s summit.
The Networking Summit is a highlight event in the ongoing campaign to include all minority populations in KCHR’s civil rights work. It is through events like these that the KCHR works to end discriminatory barriers to the full participation of Hispanic and immigrant communities in building Kentucky’s future.
The KCHR is the state government agency that enforces The Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the policies of federal civil rights laws. It receives initiates, investigates, conciliates and rules upon jurisdictional complaints. The KCHR has jurisdiction in housing, employment, public accommodations, and financial transactions.
The Kentucky Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, employment, housing, and financial transactions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, and sex.
Discrimination is further prohibited on the basis of familial status in housing, the basis of age (40 or over) in employment, and the basis of a person’s tobacco-smoking status in employment.