By unanimous affirmation from the members of the Board of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies and in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association, Jean M. Kelleher was elected the President of IAOHRA.
As President of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA), I take great pride in welcoming you to our website. IAOHRA was founded in 1949 in New York.
The International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies is a non-profit membership organization with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The primary members are statutory human rights and human relations agencies with authority for enforcing a variety of human and civil rights laws in their respective jurisdictions.
IAOHRA provides opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas and information among member agencies and other human rights advocates. It provides assistance in the development of programs for eliminating illegal discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, public services and commercial transactions, including banking and lending practices. It also is responsible for developing educational programs on human rights and civil rights issues, and serves as a clearinghouse for information exchange between human rights agencies around the world.
The goals of IAOHRA are:
- To foster human and intergroup relations.
- To enhance human rights practices under law.
- To promote civil and human rights around the world.
The association has provided leadership in the development and enforcement of needed statutes and ordinances to safeguard the human and civil rights of all people.