2004 Winter/Spring Edition
Grants and Honors
Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards
CCHR Human Rights Specialists Juan Fernandez and Ted Finkelstein
were among 18 City career civil service employees who were honored
in January with the Isaac Liberman Award, sponsored by the 100 Year
Association of New York. Both were recognized for their outstanding
achievements during a ceremony hosted by Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff.
Fernandez, Director of the Immigrant Employment Rights Program and
tireless advocate for the immigrant community, was awarded the top
honor for his efforts in educating the immigrant community about
unlawful discrimination. Mr. Finkelstein, Director of Project Equal
Access is a 23-year veteran of CCHR. He is responsible for developing
and managing the Commission's access program, which provides disability
access assistance and education to senior citizens and the disabled
winners Juan Fernandez (left) and Ted Finkelstein.
Foundation Funds Employment Discrimination Study
The Commission is providing assistance to professors Bruce Western
and Devah Pager from Princeton University with their study of the
impact of race and criminal records on securing entry-level positions.
The study identifies various discriminatory practices that employers
use and measures whether and to what extent discrimination exists.
project uses matched pairs of testers (Whites and African-Americans
or Latinos) who apply for the same jobs with the same resumes and
tracks call-backs, interviews, and job offers. The study is funded
through a grant from the JEHT Foundation - an organization which
promotes human rights and social justice.
Kathleen Bracken, Director of the Queens Community Service Center,
was one of six City employees recognized for her service by City
Comptroller William C. Thompson and the Breton Law Society during
an Irish heritage event in April. Katie was honored for her work
in protecting and advancing human rights.