Join the Commission as we hear from community leaders about the human rights issues facing Knoxvillians.
The Tennessee Human Rights Commission will hold Hearings in Spring 2014 in communities across the state. Leaders from community organizations, government, advocacy groups and researchers will bring testimony related to their own areas of expertise. These written and oral testimonies will be included in the forthcoming report, “The State of Human Rights in Tennessee” from the Commission. The final report will include information from those bringing testimony in addition to statistics, trends and information from the Commission’s own work, safeguarding individuals from discrimination through enforcement and education.
9:30 AM – Welcoming Remarks & Commission Overview
Civil Rights Issues in Knoxville – Mayor Madeline Rogero, City of Knoxville
Access to justice – David Yoder, Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Challenges facing families with mixed immigration status – Alysa Medina, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
10:30 AM – Break
Racial disparities in school discipline – Amy Sosinski, UT College of Law Education Law Practicum
Employment discrimination facing ex-offenders - Kennth Bonner, REACH Empowerment Institute
Violence against women – Commissioner Amy Broyles, Knox County Commission
11:30 AM – Closing Remarks
Directions: The UT Extension Eastern Region office is located at1801 Downtown West Blvd Knoxville TN 37919. Click here to get a google map directions from your start point.
Parking: Unlimited parking is available in front of the office entrance with plenty of overflow in the shopping center. All parking is free. As guests enter the Downtown West shopping center from Ray Mears or Downtown West Blvd., they should turn right. The Extension Region Office is the last building on the right, and the entrance is on the side of the building toward the shopping center and away from Downtown West Blvd.
Finding the Room: The Hearing will be held in the “Large Meeting Room” which is right off the lobby—very easy to find—and there will also be a receptionist at the front desk to point the way.
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Tennessee Human Rights Commission
The Commission is an independent state agency responsible for enforcing the Tennessee Human Rights Act & the Tennessee Disability Act which prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accomodation on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, disability, familial status (housing only) and age (40 and over in employment only). The Commission also coordinates the state's compliance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination by state agencies receiving federal financial assistance.
Our mission is to safeguard individuals from discrimination through enforcement and education.