Human Rights Commissioners Appointed

Charlottesville City Council has appointed 11 members to the new Human Rights Commission.

The goal of the highly-debated Human Rights Commission is to create equal opportunities in the Charlottesville, and continue a dialogue on race. The ordinance was passed in May, and the city began accepting applications in July for commissioners. At Monday's City Council meeting the 11 new members were appointed.

The Human Rights Commissioners will be able to investigate discrimination complaints involving businesses in the community.

Early on the application process, Walt Heinecke, who had been leading the charge for the Human Rights Commission, expressed concern that there was no mention of the committee's enforcement component on the council's website. Officials said the enforcement was still part of the job description, but at that time the city was focused on finding the best people for the commission.

Now that the search is over, officials say the 11 commissioners, who are mostly women, will be advocates for justice, and act as an advisory body to City Council.

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