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