OC Human Relations Offers Trainings & Workshops

There are a number of trainings offered by OC Human Relations staff coming up over the next few months.  In March there are two advanced mediation workshops for volunteers and interns already working with an Orange County Dispute Resolution Program.  April marks the start of the next 32 hour Basic Mediation Training, which is open to the public.  In June a

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Commission Plans Police Community Dialogues

Commission Plans Police Community Dialogues

The OC Human Relations Commission convened on 12.11.2014 and discussed what can be done to address the fear and mistrust that escalates confrontations between law enforcement officials and boys and men of color, into violence and even death. The Commission voted to reach out to partners in the community and law enforcement to explore the possibility of organizing dialogues between the police and diverse communities.

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Commission Issues Transgender Community Listening Sessions Report

Commission Issues Transgender Community Listening Sessions Report

On September 11, 2014 the Orange County Human Relations Commission convened its members at The Center OC, a nonprofit organization in Santa Ana that provides support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Orange County. At the request of the Chair, Ken Inouye, the Commission went to The Center OC to conduct a Listening Session focused on members of

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O.C. hate crimes drop — but violent incidents rise

O.C. hate crimes drop -- but violent incidents rise

The 2013 report shows hate crimes across O.C. dropped by 20 percent in 2013 — largely due to a decrease in vandalism — but the number of incidents involving violence increased. “One hate crime is too many,” said Rusty Kennedy, who heads the commission, as he detailed the experiences of different communities. Hate crimes targeting people — as opposed to other types of offenses, such as vandalism of buildings — rose from 24 in 2012 to 28 in 2013.

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O.C. hate crime report: Confrontations up, vandalism down

O.C. hate crime report: Confrontations up, vandalism down

OC Human Relations, a county commission formed to fight prejudice and discrimination, has been tracking the number of hate crimes in Orange County with an annual report for more than 20 years. Its chief executive, Rusty Kennedy, said he is pleased the latest report shows the overall numbers are down, but alarmed that crimes targeting individuals are up.

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