The elimination of the backlog of cases will allow the Commission
to focus on systemic violations of the Human Rights Law. To help
expose discriminatory practices, the Commission hired two retired
police officers to conduct random testing and undercover investigations
throughout the five boroughs.
Commission is implementing a community-based intake program. Instead
of requiring members of the community to come to the Commission's
offices in lower Manhattan to file a complaint, the Community Service
Centers will be staffed with attorneys and investigators. These
staff members will be available to meet with complainants, draft
complaints, and attend community meetings.
in the Schools and Community
The Commission has redesigned its School and Community Education
Program with three new curriculums, "Human Rights Law,"
"Sexual Harassment" and "Resolving Problems,"
for middle schools, high schools and community groups.
Community Mediation, Peer Mediation and Dispute
The Commission is implementing a Mediation, Peer Mediation and Dispute
Resolution Program at its Community Service Centers. The program
will identify community disputes and address them through mediation
before they escalate into human rights complaints or criminal behavior.
The program also includes peer mediation in the schools.
The Commission will provide training in all areas of the Human Rights
Law to advocacy groups, employers, housing and public accommodation
providers, government agencies, and community and student groups.