Human Rights, Commission on (CHR)


The New York City Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is a city agency charged with enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the country.

The NYCHRL 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, pregnancy, marital status, and partnership status. Additional employment protections prohibit discrimination based on credit history, unemployment status, arrest or conviction record and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offences. Additional housing protections prohibit discrimination based on lawful occupation, family status, and any lawful source of income (including housing subsidies). Retaliation, discriminatory harassment, and bias-based harassment, (including cyber bullying), are also prohibited under the law, in addition to profiling by law enforcement.



  22 Reade St., New York NY, 10007    Map this

Contact Numbers

(212) 306-7450
NY Relay Services (English):  (800) 421-1220
NY Relay Services (Spanish):  (877) 662-4886


Annabel Palma , Commissioner/Chair.
Appointed Oct 1, 2021
(212) 416-0120
Chief of Staff - Jose Rios Lua
(212) 416-0105
Deputy Commissioner, LEB - Sapna V. Raj
(212) 416-0195
Assistant Commissioner, LEB - Vacant
Assistant Commissioner, LEB - Katherine Carroll
(212) 416-0141
Deputy Commissioner, CRB - Kajori Chaudhuri
(212) 416-0295
Deputy Commissioner, Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs - JoAnn Kamuf Ward
(212) 416-0255
Executive Director, Communications & Marketing - Vacant
Media and Public Relations Manager - Claire Gross
(212) 416-0250
Deputy Commissioner for Administrative Services - Mariela Salazar, MPA
(212) 416-0233
Chief Technology Officer (CTO), IT - Anthony D. Castro
(212) 416-0211
Executive Director, Finance & Chief Contracting Officer - Sheshe Segar
(212) 416-0123
Executive Director, Human Resources - Taiwo Onabanjo
(212) 416-0191
Chief EEO Officer/Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, Equity, and Inclusion - Medgine Sanon-Ellis
(212) 416-0138
Interim General Counsel - George D. Adames
(212) 416-0227
Director, Mediation & Conflict Resolution - Elizabeth J. Shampnoi
(212) 416-0228