Commission Accepting Human Rights Awards Nominations

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for the 21st annual Human Rights Awards through Feb. 20. The commission recognizes noteworthy individuals and groups who have aided in the understanding of cultural diversity and advocated for the human rights of the city’s residents.  

The awards committee will evaluate 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. 


The commission will present several types of awards. “The Human Rights Commission needs the public’s help in recognizing people in our community that work tirelessly to promote justice, fairness and diversity continuously,” Chairman Cliff Rice said. “We look forward to the nominations,”


A nomination form must be attached to each entry, as well as two letters of endorsement to support the nomination. For more details and to obtain a Human Rights Award application, visit or call Human Resources at (757) 385-1158.


Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, via email, mail or hand delivery. Email completed applications to Mail to Department of Human Resources, c/o Human Rights Commission, 2424 Courthouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Or hand deliver to Municipal Center Building 18, Room 106. Winning nominees will be honored at an awards program in the spring.