The Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission (VBHRC)Members are appointed by City Council. Citizens may register their interest in serving on the VBHRC by completing a confidential resume form for the TALENT BANK and returning it to the City Clerk. This Bank of confidential resumes affords City Council Members the opportunity to select qualified citizens from within the City.  ​

Talent Bank Application

Commissioner Terms and Contact Information​​​​​​​​

Human Rights Commissioner Biographies​​​​​


 Agendas & Minutes

Agendas & Minutes 2019
January​ Agenda Minutes
February Agenda Amended Minutes
March Agenda​ Minutes​
April Agenda​​​ Minutes​
May Agenda​​ Minutes
June Agenda​​Minutes
July Agenda​​ Minu​tes​​
August Agenda​​​ Minu​tes​
October Agenda​ Minutes​
November Agenda​​ Minutes​​
December Agenda​​ Minutes​


​December​Agenda​​​    Minutes​​


The Virginia Beach 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. 


 VBHRC Awards Programs

Beginning in 1993, the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission has presented Human Rights Awards, annually, to honor individuals and groups who have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people with  diverse backgrounds. This recognition program gives the community an 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 to Human Rights Awards,  the Commission may present three additional awards annually: 
    • ​Daniel Matthew Stone Humanitarian Award, given in memory of Daniel M. Stone, former Director of the Department of Human Services, which honors the action of a citizen in his or her efforts in the area of humanitarianism. 
    • Helen P. Shropshire Human Rights Youth Award, given in memory of Helen P. Shropshire, a founding member of the HRC and a lifetime advocate and educator, which honors the actions of a middle or high school student (public, private or home school) who protects and promotes the cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights. 
    • Meyera E. Oberndorf Human Rights for Achievement in Government Award, given in memory of former Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf, which honors the action of an elected, appointed official or government official (individual or group) who protects and promotes the awareness of cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights.
The awards committee evaluates nominees based on community involvement, initiatives and humanitarianism. Eligible nominees are people living or working in Virginia Beach or anyone who has contributed to the promotion of human rights to benefit Virginia Beach residents​

VBPD Humanitarian Ribbon

Given in partnership with the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission (VBHRC). Awarded to any member of the Department of Police or any other law enforcement agency for any act(s) or achievement(s), as determined by the VBHRC, to be above that which is normally required or expected and which materially or conceptually promotes cultural diversity, social awareness, equal opportunity, and human rights in our community. ​  VBPD Humanitarian Ribbon can be awarded bi-annually, in accordance with the biannual Virginia Beach Police Department Awards Ceremony.​

VBPD Humanitarian Ribbon Nomination and Selection Process

VBPD Administrative General Order 02.08​

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