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Human Rights
The Human Rights Program works to ensure equal treatment, free of discrimination, for people who live, visit or work in the City of Rockville. The Human Rights Commission is charged with minimizing the effects of conflict and promoting appreciation of diversity within the City.

If you are a resident or visitor of the City of Rockville and feel that you have experienced discrimination based on age, ancestry, creed, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, sexual orientation, gender or presence of children, you may file a complaint through the Human Rights Office. Complaints that are determined to be discriminatory may be heard by the Human Rights Commission. 

Human Rights Commission Programs

The City's Human Rights Commission sponsors educational and cultural programs that promote global thinking, encourage civic awareness and/or reflect the rich diversity found in Rockville.

Diversity Leadership Workshop

The City's Human Rights Commission offers a diversity leadership workshop for students attending Rockville-area high schools or Montgomery College--Rockville. The dynamic, highly interactive workshop helps provide students with tools to handle difficult situations with an understanding of diverse populations. It is designed to help students recognize prejudice and create an environment of inclusion in their schools.

Student Service Learning Credits are offered. Verification of hours spent is available for college students. Light refreshments are provided. For more information about the next workshop, contact Janet Kelly at 240-314-8316 or .

The "I Could Be Your Neighbor" Workshop was held Dec. 5 and 8, 2015. This two part workshop at Twinbrook Community Recreation Center focused on helping community members interact with, and understand neighbors of different cultures.

Multimedia Contest

The Human Rights Commission challenges the minds of the City's high school students to think globally about human rights issues by sponsoring a multimedia contest. Students are given from one to four human rights topics to choose from to develop a product (video, art, photo, essay, poem, etc.) that serves as a means of creating awareness for the entrants to the audience.  For further programmatic details, contact Human Rights Liaison, Janet Kelly at 240-314-8316.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The commission sponsors the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, which commemorates the work of Dr. King while celebrating and bringing together the diverse community. As part of the celebration, the commission awards annually the F. Michael Taff and Martin Luther King Jr. Youth awards.

Nominate Now For MLK and F. MICHAEL TAFF Awards
The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award is given to a student from a Rockville high school who has worked to fulfill Dr. King's dream. Complete the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award nomination form online.

Also presented at the celebration, is the F. Michael Taff Award to a business, organization or adult that has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Complete the F. Michael Taff Award nomination form.


To engage the community on topics that have a local and global impact, the Human Rights Commission hosts a variety of forums throughout the year. 

Rockville's Changing Demographics

A forum on June 18, 2014 explored the changing demographics in Rockville. View a PowerPoint presentation from the forum.
For additional information please contact Janet Kelly at .

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Janet Kelly at 240-314-8316 or .