DC Office of Human Rights Newsletter | Volume XXII | March 2020
Happy Women's History Month DC!
The history of women is a story of resilience and achievement, despite unified efforts to oppress and subjugate. The powers that be stifled learning, muted voices and created restrictive roles to keep women in check. Yet women have thrived at every level and on every stage imaginable. Since 1987, the month of March is the time that we celebrate, honor and amplify the stories of women through Women's History Month. We celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment being ratified, giving access to Democracy for millions of women voters. We celebrate the trans women of color that protested at Stonewall and kicked off a historic movement. We amplify the countless women both unheralded and widely celebrated that have broken barriers, glass ceilings and elevated women's issues to the forefront of the American consciousness. Though progress has been made, the work continues. Discrimination based on sex is one of the top three protected traits filed with OHR. Other civil/human rights organizations nationwide report similar statistics.

In honor of Women's History Month, The DC Office of Human Rights will highlight the unrecognized contributions of women that advocate for human and civil rights using the hashtag #HerHiddenStory on social media. Be sure to follow us on all social media platforms ( Facebook , Twitter , Instagram ) to see the latest stories in the series.

Women, continue to lift your voice and fight for equality. Allies, continue to use your privilege and power to uplift marginalized groups. It is on each and every one of us to ensure that women's history and stories are not relegated to one month, but continuously celebrated and shared year round.

Check out these Women's History Month Events:

March 14th, Smithsonian Portrait Gallery | 11:30am-3pm

March 19th, RISE Center | 10am-3pm

March 25th, Dorothy Height Library | 6pm

March 26th, Eaton DC | 6:30pm-9pm

Trait of the Month: Credit Information
Credit information became DC's 20th protected trait in 2017. This means that if you are currently employed or seeking employment in the District, it is against the law for employers to ask about, inquire, or run your credit. For more information visit our website, ohr.dc.gov .
The Commission on Human Rights is seeking an Administrative Law Judge!
The Commission is a quasi-independent agency that adjudicates claims of discrimination under the District of Columbia Human Rights Act where OHR has found probable cause. The incumbent would primarily manage a case load, draft decisions and motions, help plan and organize bi-monthly commission meetings, educate and train fellows, law clerks and other commission staff. Click the link below for additional information. Search Administrative Law Judge or Job ID: 9945 .

Upcoming Events
Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art, yet their individual contributions have been largely unrecognized, instead treated as anonymous representations of entire cultures.  Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists  explores the artistic achievements of Native women and establishes their rightful place in the art world. Join artist featured in the exhibit on March 28th from 2pm to 5:30pm at the American Indian Museum for a conversation on their work and the role of women as artists in Native communities.

2020 is a Census year, so be sure to be counted! Every ten years, the federal government is required to count everyone that lives in the country. Why is it important? This count determines how federal funding is allocated for things like employment, healthcare and housing programs. Additionally, DC government relies on census data for budgeting, planning and creating policy. Census Day is April 1st.
Director's Note
Dear Stakeholder, Partners, and DC Residents,

Along with the arrival of spring, March also brings Women’s History Month, a time dedicated to highlighting and commemorating the significant contributions of women throughout history. History without “her” story is a story unfinished . Women’s History Month is a time for us to share and celebrate women’s stories—those that educate, empower, and inspire—and recommit ourselves to lifting the voices and experiences of women every day.
I am honored to serve the District, led by Mayor Muriel Bowser, and alongside dozens of other women leading District agencies. For over four years I’ve served as the Director of the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, and now as the Interim Director of the Office of Human Rights, I am privileged to work with dedicated and passionate teams to address the needs of women in all eight wards. From safe, stable housing to affordable childcare to reliable transportation ( #KeepMetroOpen ) to equal pay. The needs are many, but we are working tirelessly to ensure that women in the District have a fair shot at the growth and prosperity this city is experiencing.
This work includes making sure that people that live, visit, or work in the District are aware that discrimination is illegal in housing, employment, public accommodations, and education for 21 protected traits, including: sex; marital status; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; family responsibilities; and being a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking. If you believe you've been discriminated against based on any of these reasons, you can confidentially file a claim with OHR (either online or in person).

Happy Women’s History Month DC!
Michelle M. Garcia, Interim Director
DC Office of Human Rights | 202.727.4559 | ohr.dc.gov