About the Commission
Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission Commemorates the Memory of Honorary Commissioner Catherine G. (Kate) Stern Press Release
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations is dedicated to promoting positive race and human relations in an increasingly complex and multicultural county. The Commission works to develop programs that proactively address racism, homophobia, religious prejudice, linguistic bias, anti-immigrant sentiment, and other divisive attitudes that can lead to inter-cultural tension, hate crimes and related violence. Teaming with law enforcement, schools, cities, community-based organizations, youth, academics, policy makers, businesses and other leaders, the Commission brings key players together to resolve immediate inter-cultural conflicts and to lay the groundwork for a long-term campaign to eradicate bias and prejudice.
The Commission is part of Los Angeles County Government with its members
appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Each Supervisor appoints three
Commissioners who serve multiple-year terms. The 15-member Commission
meets twice a month. A staff of 20 professional and support staff execute
the Commission's programmatic work. The Commission's signature projects
include our annual hate crime report, our Human Relations Mutual Assistance
Coalition -a countywide infrastructure for the delivery of human relations
resources and technical assistance - and the John Anson Ford Awards
which recognize effective practices in human relations work.
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations
As one of the oldest and largest human relations agencies of its kind in the United States, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations serves one of the largest and most diverse populations in the country in addressing the human relations needs through its commitment to
The Commission's vision is that of an informed multicultural and diverse community linked by interaction, compassion and understanding, and one that is committed to justice, equity, opportunity, accountability, respect and dignity.
The Commission on Human Relations has a legacy that dates back nearly 70 years to 1943 when the "Zoot Suit" riots posed a human relations crisis for the county. This incident, during which 1,000 white sailors attacked Latino youth for three days in the streets of LA, served as a wake-up call to county residents. Following national recognition for its effective work to improve intergroup relations, the Committee became an official agency of County government in 1958 and was renamed the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. The Commission is among the oldest and largest of its kind in the U.S.