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Mission Statement

Our Mission

The New York State Division of Human Rights is dedicated to eliminating discrimination, remedying injustice, and promoting equal opportunity, access, and dignity through enforcement of the Human Rights Law.

Our Vision

A New York free of discrimination where everyone can fulfill their potential and participate fully in the life of the state.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating discrimination cases
  • Educating the public about their rights and responsibilities
  • Proposing policy and legislation; and
  • Building community