Human Relations Commission
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations is dedicated to promoting positive race and human relations in an increasingly complex and multicultural county. The Commission works to develop programs that proactively address racism, homophobia, religious prejudice, linguistic bias, anti-immigrant sentiment, and other divisive attitudes that can lead to inter-cultural tension, hate crimes and related violence. Teaming with law enforcement, schools, cities, community-based organizations, youth academics, policy makers, businesses and other leaders, the Commission brings key players together to resolve immediate inter-cultural conflicts and to lay the groundwork for a long-term campaign to eradicate bias and prejudice.
The Commission on Human Relations has a legacy that dates back more than 50 years to 1943 when the “Zoot Suit” riots posed a human relations crisis for the county. This incident, during which 1,000 white sailors attacked Latino youth for three days in the streets of Los Angeles, served as a wake-up call to county residents.
Following national recognition for its effective work to improve intergroup relations, the Committee became an official agency of County government in 1958 and was renamed the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. The Commission is among the oldest and largest of its kind in the U.S.
The Commission’s vision is that of an informed multicultural and diverse community linked by interaction, compassion and understanding, and one that is committed to justice, equity, opportunity, accountability, respect and dignity.
As one of the oldest and largest human relations agencies of its kind in the United States, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations serves one of the largest and most diverse populations in the country in addressing the human relations needs through its commitment to fostering harmonious and equitable inter-group relations, empowering communities and institutions, and promoting an informed and inclusive multicultural society.
Dispute Resolution Program: The LA County Human Relations Commission provides mediation services for three types of disputes:
Disputes for which there is time for conversation and collaboration, including merchant customer, landlord-tenant, family, neighbor to neighbor, and debt disputes.
Disputes filed as civil actions in Los Angeles County that must be resolved on the day of hearing, including small claims, unlawful detainer, and civil harassment cases. These cases are identified at the courthouse on the day of the scheduled hearing.
Disputes that involve infractions or misdemeanors in which, using Restorative Justice principles and practices, persons accepting responsibility for harm-causing behavior and those harmed by the behavior are brought together for facilitated dialogue to share their experiences and plan the actions that will be used to repair the harm. These cases are referred by law enforcement or prosecuting agencies.
For more information or to request mediation services through LA County’s Dispute Resolution Program at little or NO cost to you, call 213-728-262 or click here.
LA Vs Hate: The LA vs Hate program is a community-driven approach to empower all residents of Los Angeles County to unite against, report, and resist hate. Led by the Human Relations Commission, LA vs Hate partners with community partners from all five County districts, representing a diverse coalition of voices committed to ending hate.
The goals of the campaign are as follows:
Address the normalization of hate and inspire people to stand up to it
Build understanding about what constitutes a hate act and how to report it
Support individuals and communities as they heal from the trauma of hate
By tracking and reporting hate we can ensure that resources are allocated appropriately, that those targeted by hate receive the support they need, that offenders are held accountable, and that together, we can build respectful and resilient communities.
Call 211 to report hate. Learn more by visiting lavshate.org.