Human Rights Commission

The Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission (HRC) exists to advocate for the human rights of residents in the City of Virginia Beach.
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The Objectives of the Commission are: ​

  1. To institute, conduct and engage in educational and informational programs for the promotion of mutual understanding and respect among citizens and the fulfillment of human rights.

  2. To serve as a forum for discussion of human rights issues, to conduct studies and to propose solutions for the improvement of human relations ​in the city.

  3. To provide assistance to persons who believe their rights have been violated by identifying the appropriate federal, state or local agency to address the complaint and referring such persons to that agency. ​​​​

 Agendas & Minutes

Commission Agendas & Minutes 2016
January Agenda Minutes
February Agenda Minutes
March Agenda Minutes
April Agenda Minutes
May Agenda Minutes
June Agenda​​ Minutes
July Agenda​ Minu​tes
August Agenda​ Minutes
September Agenda Minutes
October No Meeting No Meeting
November Agenda Minutes
December Agenda Minutes


The Human Rights Commission holds regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month beginning at 4:00p.m. and are open to the public. 

Please review the schedule below for dates and locations. 

 HRC Awards Program

​Annually, since 1993, the Human Rights Commission has presented Human Rights Awards to honor individuals and groups who have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, disability or sexual orientation backgrounds. This recognition program gives the community the opportunity to nominate individuals, community groups, organizations, and businesses for meritorious service in the pursuit of cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights for all. In addition, the Commission presents the Daniel Matthew Stone Humanitarian Award to a resident who has excelled in their efforts in the area of humanitarianism.  And finally, the Meyera E. Oberndorf Human Rights Award for Achievement in Government honors government officials or groups (elected or appointed) who protect or promote the awareness of cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights. Nominees must reside or work in the Commonwealth of Virginia and contribute to promoting human rights within the state.​

View a listing of past recipients ​below.

Contact Information