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Human Relations Commission (HRC)

The Frederick County Human Relations Commission is comprised of 15 outstanding, compassionate and dedicated volunteers who strive to eliminate illegal discrimination in the County.  Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and meet each month.  In addition, HRC members participate in public forums about human rights issues, help residents understand the administrative and legal resources that are available to fight discrimination, and promote an environment that is in all respects tolerant, peaceful and just.

The HRC meets on the last Tuesday of every month except December, at 7 pm at Winchester Hall, located at 12 E. Church Street in downtown Frederick.  The public is always invited to attend.  For more information call 301-600-1109 or 711 for Maryland Relay Services.

The Human Relations Commission also sponsors a number of popular community events and activities, including an annual Awards Program that honors students, adults, businesses and organizations who have joined in the fight against discrimination and intolerance in Frederick County.  The HRC also hosts a Naturalization Ceremony each year for new US citizens, a program that celebrates Human Rights Day, and a legislative luncheon at which the County’s federal, state and local elected officials meet and discuss upcoming bills involving human relations topics.

Origin & History of Human Relations in Frederick County

Early 1960's - Citizens organized Inter-Racial Committee meetings. Amid the local, state and national tension of the times, people began to meet to address equity and discriminatory issues in Frederick.

  • Late 1960's - Originally the Committee was a Frederick City work group. The Human Relations Council was formed and it was changed to a County-wide work group.
  • 1987 - The University of Maryland Institute for Governmental Services, studied the Council and recommended a separate Human Relations Commission and Human Relations Department.
  • 1989 - With increased formal authority by legislative action, the Council achieved Commission status.  County Commissioners established the Frederick County Human Relations Commission (HRC) and the Frederick County Human Relations Department (HRD).The HRD was authorized to accept complaints in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of race, age, sex, religion, marital status, disability, color, and national origin.
  • 1990 - The Regulations of the Frederick County HRC were adopted by the County Commissioners.  
  • 2006 – The Frederick County Code was amended by the Board of County Commissioners to make it illegal to discriminate in housing on the basis of source of income or family status.