Since 1991 we have worked diligently to address issues of prejudice and discrimination in Orange County with the help of great people like you. Thank you for your continued support!
We're Hiring!
Dust off your resume. Follow your heart. We're looking for a rockstar to join are team. Are you the one?

We're looking for a professional to join our BRIDGES Safe & Respectful Schools Program team to work with youth, teachers and families in Orange County schools. Come work with student and educator leaders to build campus environments that are respectful of diversity, where ALL students, staff and parents feel safe, welcome and respected. Resumes due August 25. 
Hate Crime is Up

The 2015 Orange County Hate Crime Report, published by the OC Human Relations Commission, shows "hate crimes" increased in 2015.  The most frequently targeted were from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, with African American and Jewish individuals making up the top three groups.  
Heroes Honored at AWARDS 45
Congratulations to our 2016 AWARDS 45 honorees. And thank you to all of our AWARDS attendees for your support in celebrating justice, diversity and the human spirit!

Earlier this year, on May 5th, OC Human Relations held its 45th annual AWARDS celebration and fundraiser at The City National Grove of Anaheim, recognizing community leaders, police officers, schools and businesses who promote diversity and justice in Orange County. The inspirational evening highlighted the work of local, unsung heroes. To see videos, honoree pictures and bios click here.

Thank you to our AWARDS 45 Title Sponsors: 
Related, Bill Witte and Keiko Sakamoto!

2016 YouthSpeak Contest

8th Grader Lucinda Marvel wins with her speech on the importance of inclusivity.

Each year, OC Human Relations holds a YouthSpeak Speech Contest for 8th-12th graders in Orange County. Lucinda Marvel, an 8th grader from Los Alamitos' Oak Middle School was selected as the 2016 award winner. In her speech, Lucinda expresses hope and the importance of everyday actions to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people. Lucinda presented her speech at the OC Human Relations AWARDS 45 celebration and received a $500 cash scholarship, which was sponsored by Orange County's Credit Union. To read and hear her words click here.

Walk In My Shoes, Jr.

Junior High Students Encouraged to Get Involved in the Community

On Friday, March 4th, OC Human Relations hosted its 27th annual Walk In My Shoes, Jr. Youth Conference at the University of California, Irvine. The conference, themed: "Raise Your Voice, Take a Stand" was attended by over 600 students and educators from 20 Orange County junior high schools. Through an inspirational day of human relations related performances, speakers, and interactive workshops, students and educators were encouraged to make a difference in their communities. The conference featured workshops related to the importance of community organizing, active-bystander training, mental health awareness, LGBTQ student rights, human trafficking and anti-bullying, among others.

The event featured artist, activist and educator Ise Lyfe as keynote speaker, a performance by Fullerton rapper Pita the Prophet, speeches by Orange County community leaders and thoughtful workshops presented by high school students, college students, and community educators. OC Human Relations Youth Ambassadors and corporate volunteers supported the Walk In My Shoes Jr. event. The next Walk In My Shoes conference will be held Friday, November 18th at CSUF. Click here to learn more.

Big Thank You To Our Sponsors!

24th OC Mediation Conference

Restorative Justice as a Central Theme at This Year's OC Mediation Conference.

On Friday, March 18th, OC Human Relations, in collaboration with Community Service Programs, Inc., co-sponsored the 24th annual OC Mediation Conference at the University of California, Irvine University Club. This year's theme: "Mediating Differently: Using Restorative Practices to Improve Our Communities," focused on the importance of restorative justice in dispute resolution methods. The event featured powerful presentations from two keynote speakers: Eric Butler, a restorative justice educator and trainer from Oakland, and Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. Conference workshops addressed restorative justice in mediation, new mediation techniques and the use of mediation to better the community.
Become a Certified Mediator

40-Hour Mediation Certification Training Begins Today

Are you interested in becoming a certified mediator? Mediation is a voluntary method of dispute resolution in which the parties settle their dispute with the aid of a trained mediator or a co-mediator team. The basic mediation training offered by OC Human Relations provides you with the skills to resolve conflicts in an efficient manner. Topics covered in the training include:

Upon completion of the training, you may volunteer with OC Human Relations and gain hands-on experience mediating cases in both office and courtroom settings. MCLE credits are available. Trainings are held multiple times throughout the year.

A Tribute to a Great Man

OC Human Relations would like to pay tribute to the first Chair of the Orange County Human Relations Commission, Amin David, who passed away this year at the age of 83. As a longtime Anaheim resident, Amin was a founding member of Los Amigos, the Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development and Orange County Community Housing Corporation. He was also an active member of the Anaheim Police Chief's Advisory Board. To read more about him and his impact on our community, click here.
We Condemn the Orlando Attack

In condemnation of the senseless tragedy in Orlando, FL, the OC Human Relations Commission stands with our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender friends and family still in mourning. Hate crime against the LGBT community is a hate crime against us all. The Commission joined the OC Pride Festival on June 25, 2016 in solidarity as our community and country mourned the victims of the tragedy. 

We pause to try and catch our breath while our country and the world have continually been bombarded by tragedy, anger and grief. We are deeply disturbed by the recent killing of police officers and individuals and send our condolences to their families and friends. These are difficult times. As we work to find ways to bridge painful divides amongst us, we hold on to our belief in the power of nonviolence leading the way to needed reconciliation and justice in our country.

At OC Human Relations, we are firmly committed to promoting the use of dialogue and restorative community practices to bring people together to better learn from each other's struggles and stories. There is a beauty and promise when working together, side by side to resolve conflict and build a more peaceful, respectful community. We invite you to join with us in a #hatefreeoc.

-The OC Human Relations Team

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