Jacksonville Human Rights Commission

The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission representatives share in the expressions of sadness over the senseless mass shooting that occurred in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.  Such tragedy accentuates the value of human lives and the sorrow that remains after the loss of a loved one.  Such a tragedy should compel us to work more diligently to understand our differences and celebrate our common values.  The Commission especially extends its condolences to the LGBTQ, Muslim and Latino communities who have been so greatly impacted by this tragedy and its gratitude to the responders and medical personnel who helped the victims.  The Commission is committed to engaging the community in conversations that foster mutual understanding and respect so that all residents of Jacksonville have the opportunity to live free of discrimination or hatred regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, familial or marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Join us as we remember the city of Orlando. 

For more information on the city's "Dear Orlando" postcard campaign, click here.

History and Mission

The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission (JHRC) works to ensure that all Jacksonville residents enjoy a community free of discriminatory practices.

The JHRC's history dates back to a critical time in the civil rights movement, when in August 1967 the Community Relations Commission was formed and later in 1978 when the Jacksonville Equal Opportunity Commission was established. In creating the commissions, city government accepted the responsibility to ensure that all citizens have the opportunity to fully participate in the privileges of complete membership in the community and for taking action to eliminate discriminatory practices in Jacksonville.

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As an enforcement agency, the JHRC investigates complaints of alleged discriminatory or unfair practices in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations. Its team of committed staff have investigated and assisted in remedying more than 35,000 complaints.

The JHRC has conducted numerous studies on matters related to unfair practices in hiring, promotions, law enforcement, housing and race relations. The JHRC also provides training opportunities on anti-discrimination laws and offers a variety of programs and projects that encourage citizens to develop a deeper understanding of other racial, ethnic, religious and cultural norms through dialogue sessions.

Vision and Purpose

  • To promote and encourage fair treatment and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, pregnancy or ancestry;
  • To promote mutual understanding and respect among members of all economic, social, racial, religious and ethnic groups;
  • To eliminate discrimination against and antagonism between religious, racial and ethnic groups.


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Contact Information

117 W. Duval Street, Suite 350
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-630-4911, FAX 904-630-4918
TTY - 904-630-4125