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2022 Press Releases

NYC Commission on Human Rights Launches Timely New Training On Understanding Jewish Experiences and Antisemitism, April 13, 2022

“We are thrilled to launch this new training, which builds on our successful 2020 ‘Jewish New Yorkers’ campaign,” said Annabel Palma, Commissioner and Chair, NYC Commission on Human Rights. “In a time of rising antisemitism, we have heard from so many New Yorkers of all stripes who wish to better understand their Jewish neighbors and learn how to stand up for them against antisemitism. This training will increase their cultural competence and awareness of Jewish cultures, and affirms Jewish New Yorkers as an essential part of the fabric of New York City. This launch marks an ongoing invitation for non-Jewish New Yorkers to stand in solidarity against antisemitism and support their Jewish neighbors."

NYC Commission on Human Rights Announces Education Campaign on New Domestic Worker Protections, March 11, 2022

“March 12, 2022 ushers in an important expansion of the NYC Human Rights Law,” said Annabel Palma, Chair and Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. “While care work is an essential piece of the City’s infrastructure, domestic workers have long been deprived of basic workplace rights. A private home can also be a workplace. We are thrilled that as a result of changes to the Human Rights Law, workplace abuses no longer need to remain in the shadows. The Commission is now a venue to vindicate domestic worker rights. We are taking action in the coming months to educate New York’s domestic workers about their rights and protections, and to ensure employers understand their obligations.”

NYC Commission on Human Rights Chair and Commissioner Annabel Palma Statement on Deadly Bronx Fire, January 10, 2022

“Last night one of the worst fires in the history of our city broke out on 181st Street in the Bronx, taking the lives of more than a dozen people, including children, and leaving many unhoused. This is a horrific and preventable tragedy, and my deepest condolences go out to all of those affected. Our city continues to face challenges that make this loss all the more difficult to bear.”