Who We Are

The Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department (LA Civil Rights) strives to maintain and strengthen Los Angeles’ diversity, equity, and accountability through commission support, outreach, legal remedies, and empowerment. LA Civil Rights works toward a racially equitable environment that levels the playing field and enhances opportunities for diverse communities. 

LA Civil Rights is tasked with addressing the long-standing discrimination impacting underserved and minority communities which denies equal treatment in private employment, housing, education, and commerce.

The Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department was established on December 1, 2020. 

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What We Do

The Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department, or LA Civil Rights for short, is focused on reducing bias and injustices while leveling the playing field through equity initiatives, upward mobility programming, and our work with Equity and Empowerment (E2), the Human Relations Commission, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Commission on Civil Rights.

LA Civil Rights was created in 2020 to bring real action to the values of equity and empowerment as well as protect the civil and human rights of all Angelenos. We achieve this through four core pillars:

  • Outreach and Community Engagement
    • Faith-Based Unity Events
    • Community Diversity Events
    • Discrimination/Bias Awareness Training
    • Hate Crime Prevention
    • Discrimination Enforcement Outreach
  • Discrimination Enforcement
    The Discrimination Enforcement division of LA Civil Rights is being built and will launch as soon as possible. LA Civil Rights is responsible for enforcing Los Angeles' Civil and Human Rights Law, and has investigative powers and quasi-judicial authority to address the long-standing discrimination impacting underserved communities which denies equal treatment in private commerce, education, employment, and housing. Learn more here.
  • Equity and Empowerment (E²)
    LA Civil Rights partners with community-based organizations, faith-based institutions, business groups, Neighborhood Councils, philanthropic leaders, and academic institutions along with our three commissions to create equity initiatives that level the playing field through work in the following three core areas: 
    • Policy Equity Lens: LA Civil Rights will apply a policy equity lens to assess health disparities, inequities in City planning, and community policing through collaborations with non-governmental and city entities, including with the Office of Immigrant Affairs. 
    • Upward Mobility Programming: LA Civil Rights will engage young Angelenos and community-based organizations for community events and career pipelines for people from underserved communities. LA Civil Rights works to develop college readiness and career readiness, financial literacy workshops, homeowner seminars, and entrepreneurial training sessions. 
    • Industry Diversity Metrics: LA Civil Rights will assess, track, and monitor the hiring, promotion, and retention of people from underserved communities in various high-earning potential industries to promote diversity and inclusion. 
  • Commission Support
    LA Civil Rights manages and supports the Commission on Civil Rights (CCR), The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Human Relations Commission (HRC), as well as the Transgender Advisory Council and various ad-hoc committees. Learn more about our commissions here.

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