Jefferson city – The Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) will once again host the Missouri Conference on Human Rights. This free public event celebrating International Human Rights Day will take place virtually on Friday, December 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT.

Designed to underscore Missouri’s commitment that all people have the right to liberty, equality and justice under the law, the rally for lawyers, employers, human resources professionals, suppliers housing, human rights commissions, local jurisdictions and community members will feature guest speakers on a variety of topical issues and an opening performance by the artist and human rights advocate. man, Hana-li.

Kelli Douglas, General Counsel, Missouri Western State University, and Ramin Taheri, Chief of Staff, Civil Rights Office, US Department of Education, will lead a discussion on topics related to civil rights discrimination. A review of equal opportunity issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be hosted by Lloyd J. (Jack) Vasquez, Jr., District Director of the St. Louis District Office of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, John C. Yang, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Kristi Kingston, Owner and Operator of the Kansas City Employee and Labor Law Group, and Andrew Metcalf, Partner at Ogletree Deakins. Finally, a segment on prejudices and countermeasures will be moderated by Kristy Lambert, legal advisor to the MCHR.

In addition, three awards will be presented at the conference: Sheila Styron, Disability Advocate for The Whole Person, will accept the Human Rights Champion Award on behalf of The Whole Person; Eric Krekel, Deputy Director of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and Alvin Brooks, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, will both be honored with the Lucile Bluford Lifetime Achievement Awards.

“These laureates were chosen for their commitment to protecting, preserving and defending human rights in Missouri,” said MCHR Executive Director Dr Alisa Warren. “Their vital work has sparked positive change in our state and inspires us all. “

The Missouri Bar approved 4.0 continuing legal education credit hours for the conference, including 1.0 ethics credit (1.0 bias elimination). To register or view the detailed conference agenda, visit http://www.labor.mo.gov/MHRC.

In honor of International Human Rights Day, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed December 10, 2021 Human Rights Day in the state of Missouri.

International Human Rights Day was inaugurated in 1948 when world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirming the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of all.

The MCHR is an independent commission housed in the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. He is responsible for enforcing the Missouri Human Rights Act which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry. , gender (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), disability, age (in employment only) and family status (in housing only). For more information about your rights and responsibilities or the MCHR complaints process, visit labor.mo.gov/discrimination.