State & Local Civil Rights Organizations

New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)
The NYCLU, the New York State affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, defends the rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Contact info:
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
P: (212) 607-3300

New York Civil Rights Coalition (NYCRC)
The NYCRC is an organization of people concerned with kindling in Americans a spirit of unity and commitment in achieving a truly open and just society, where the individual enjoys the blessings of liberty free of racial prejudice, stigma, caste or discrimination.  In this regard, the NYCRC works purposefully to encourage people and institutions to take affirmative steps to achieve an integrated society.
Contact info:
New York Civil Rights Coalition (NYCRC)
424 West 33rd Street, Suite 350
New York, NY 10001
P: (212) 563-5636

New York State AFL-CIO
The New York State AFL-CIO helps working families achieve a better life.
Contact info:
Joellen Sanders
50 Broadway, 35th Floor
New York, NY 10004
P: (212) 777-6040
information@nysaflcio.org


New York (Local) Civil Rights Organizations

Broome County Urban League
The mission of the Broome County Urban League is to enable African Americans, other minorities, and the poor to secure economic self-reliance, parity, and power and civil rights.
Contact info:
Jennifer Lesko
43-45 Carroll Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
P: (607) 723-7303
jlesko@bcul.org

Buffalo Urban League
The mission of the Buffalo Urban League is to empower African Americans, other minorities and disadvantaged individuals to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.
Contact info:
Brenda W McDuffie
15 E. Genesee
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 854-7625
bmcduffie@buffalourbanleague.org

National Organization for Women – NYC (NOW-NYC)
Since 1966 NOW-NYC has worked to advance the women and girls of New York City through public education, grassroots organizing, lobbying, action, and advocacy.  NOW-NYC aims to end violence against women, advance women in the workplace, promote reproductive freedom, transform images of women in the media, and secure equality for LGBT people.
Contact info:
150 W. 28th Street, Suite 304
New York, NY
P: (212) 627-9895
contact@nownyc.org

New York Urban League (NYUL)
The NYUL’s mission is to create a city where African Americans and others are able to take advantage of its opportunities, are gainfully employed, well-educated and live in harmony.
Contact info:
Darwin M. Davis
204 W. 136th Street
New York, NY 10030
P: (212) 926-8000
nyuldmd@aol.com

NYCLU – Capital Region 
(counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington)
The NYCLU’s Capital Region Chapter is a visible and articulate defender of civil liberties. Staff and board members appear frequently in the media, and in public forums to educate and promote the individual rights and fundamental freedoms upon which our nation is based.
Contact info:
90 State Street, Suite 518
Albany, NY 12207
P: (518) 436-8594
mtrimble@nyclu.org

NYCLU – Central New York 
(counties of Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Seneca, Oswego, Cortland, and Cayuga) 
The mission of the NYCLU’s Central New York Chapter is to preserve and protect First Amendment rights, the right to equal protection under the law, the right to due process, and the right to privacy.  This chapter works also to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied rights.
Contact info:
Barrie Gewanter, Director
753 James Street, Suite 8
Syracuse, NY 13203
P: (315) 471-2821
bgewanter@nyclu.org

NYCLU – Genesee Valley
(counties of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates) 
The NYCLU’s Genesee Valley Chapter is dedicated to safeguarding the liberties and rights of the people it serves through advocacy and litigation; legislative action; and public education.  This chapter is involved in state and national issues, with a special focus on members of the greater Rochester area and nine county Genesee Valley region.
Contact info:
121 North Fitzhugh Street
Rochester, New York 14614
P: (585) 454-4334
geneseevalley@nyclu.org

NYCLU – Lower Hudson Valley
(counties of Westchester, Putnam, Duchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster)
The NYCLU’s Lower Hudson Valley Chapter has actively supported the constitutional rights of the people in the Lower Hudson Valley region for more than four decades through public education, advocacy and litigation.
Contact info:
297 Knollwood Road, Suite 217
White Plains, NY 10607
P: (914) 997-7479
lowerhudsonvalley@nyclu.org

NYCLU – Nassau County
The NYCLU’s Nassau Chapter is dedicated to safeguarding the liberties and rights of the people it serves through advocacy, litigation, legislative action and public education.  This chapter is involved in state and national issues, with a special focus on members of the communities in Nassau County.
Contact info:
33 Front Street, Suite 205
Hempstead, NY 11550
P: (516) 741-8520
nassau@nyclu.org

NYCLU – Suffolk County 
The NYCLU’s Suffolk County Chapter is dedicated to the protection of civil liberties as embodied in the Bill of Rights. Its mission is to defend the constitutional rights of the people it serves through advocacy and involvement in the legislative process, and to educate the community about civil liberties issues.
Contact info:
Touro Law Public Advocacy Center
225 Eastview Drive, PA 221
Central Islip, NY 11722
P: (631) 650-2301
suffolk@nyclu.org

NYCLU – Western Region
(counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara)
The NYCLU’s Western Region Chapter’s mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution and the New York State Constitution.
Contact info:
westernregion@nyclu.org

Urban League of Long Island
The mission of the Urban League Movement is to empower African-Americans and other disenfranchised individuals to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.
Contact info:
219 Carleton Avenue
Long Island, NY 11722
P: (631) 232-2482
info@urbanleaguelongisland.org

Urban League of Rochester
The mission of the Urban League of Rochester is to enable African-Americans, Latinos, the poor and other disadvantaged to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.
Contact info:
William G. Clark
265 North Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14605
P: (585) 325-6530
wclark@ulr.org

Urban League of Westchester County
The ULWC provides services in employment, education, youth development and community education. They offer employment service for workers 55 and older and a family resource center.
Contact info:
Ernest S. Prince
61 Mitchell Place
White Plains, NY 10601
P: 914-428-6300
ulwesp@aol.com


Government (State Level) Organizations

New York State Attorney General Civil Rights Bureau
The Civil Rights Bureau enforces laws protecting New Yorkers from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, source of income or disability.  Using federal, state, and local laws, the Bureau investigates and prosecutes alleged patterns of unlawful discrimination in a variety of areas, including employment, housing, credit, education, and places of public accommodation.  The Bureau also engages in community outreach activities to educate the public about civil rights issues.
Contact info:
Chevon Fuller, Bureau Director
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10271
P: (212) 416-8250

New York State Division of Human Rights
The New York State Division of Human Rights was created to enforce the Human Rights law.  The mission of the agency is to ensure that "every individual . . . has an equal opportunity to participate fully in the economic, cultural and intellectual life of the State."
Contact info:
Galen D. Kirkland, Commissioner
55 W. 125th Street, 13th Fl.
New York, NY 10027
P: (212) 961-8790

Government (Local) Organizations

City of Yonkers Human Rights Commission
The mission of YCHRC is to foster mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious, and ethnic groups in the community, and to recognize all forms of discrimination based on sex or age.

Human Rights Commission of Sullivan County
The Human Rights Commission was created to foster good relationships among communities and groups of people in Sullivan County.
Contact info:
Sullivan County Government Center
100 North Street, PO Box 5012
Monticello, NY 12701-5192
P: (845) 807-0189
eric.monroe@co.sullivan.ny.us

New Rochelle Human Rights Commission
The New Rochelle Human Rights Commission was established to foster mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious and nationality groups in the region.
Contact info:
Robert D. Goodstein, Chairperson
Peter A. Korne, City Manager
515 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
P: (914) 654-2163

New York City Commission on Human Rights
The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, marital status, and partnership status.
Contact info:
New York City Commission on Human Rights
Patricia L. Gatling, Commissioner
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006
P: (212) 306-7530

Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission
The Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission was established to foster mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious and nationality groups in the region.
Contact info:
Herman Boyer, Director
1425 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14302
P: (716) 286-4926

Orange County Human Rights Commission
The Orange County Human Rights Commission was established to foster mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious and nationality groups in Orange County, and to conduct and recommend programs in education.
Contact info:
Susan Varden, Executive Director
18 Seward Avenue
Middletown, New York 10940
P: (845) 615-3680

Rockland County Commission on Human Rights
The Rockland County Commission on Human Rights was established to foster mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious and nationality groups in Rockland County.
Contact info:
Ram Nagubandi, Commissioner
Bank of New York Building
2 New Hempstead Road - Second Floor - Suite 208
New City, New York  10956
P: (845) 708-7200
F: (845) 708-7250

Suffolk County Human Rights Commission (SCHRC)
The SCHRC is a county agency that was created in 1963 to enforce the various laws against discrimination.  The Commission accepts complaints regarding equal opportunity in employment, housing, places of public accommodation, credit, and volunteer firefighting.
Contact info:
Riverhead County Center
310 Center Drive, Room S47
Riverhead, NY 11901
P: (516) 853-5480
Humanrights@SuffolkCountyNY.gov

Nassau County Commission on Human Rights
The Nassau County Commission on Human Rights is committed to promoting harmony among the diverse populations of Nassau County, by developing and initiating programs, literature and projects which promote mutual respect through understanding and education.
Contact info:
240 Old Country Road, Suite 606
Mineola, NY 11501
P: (516) 571-3662

Schenectady Human Rights Commission
The Schenectady County Human Rights Commission was established in 1965 to foster mutual respect and enhance understanding among all racial, religious and ethnic groups in Schenectady County, and to assist individuals in securing their legal rights.
Contact info:
797 Broadway, Room 305
Schenectady, NY 12305
P: (518) 377-2982

Syracuse & Onondaga County Human Rights Commission
Syracuse & Onondaga County Human Rights Commission’s mission is to promote improved human relations, civic peace, intergroup understanding, and full acceptance of all persons in all aspects of community life.
Contact info:
P: (315) 435-3567

Ulster County Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Commission exists to foster respect for the rights of all citizens and to explore opportunities for improving relations among all people of Ulster County.
Contact info:
Arlene Foy Reynolds, Director
298 Flatbush Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
P: (845) 340-3147
afoy@co.ulster.ny.us

Utica Commission on Human Relations
The Utica Commission on Human Relations was established to foster mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious and nationality groups in the region.
Contact info:
Utica Commission on Human Relations
The Reverend P. Arthur Bridisi, Executive Director
City Hall
One Kennedy Plaza
Utica, NY 13502
P: (315) 792-0240