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From Sunday, May 20, 2018 to June 6, 2018, Beyan Asoba, OCRC Reconsideration Supervisor, will return to Ethiopia for the first time since 1985. He was unable to return to his country of origin due to a fear of persecution by the successive Ethiopian tyrannical regimes, due to his engagement in the struggle for freedom, democracy, justice and the rule of law.

His reason to travel to Ethiopia now, to make change for the better. Since November 2015, the people demanded freedom. The initial reaction of the government was to suppress the people’s demands more. Thousands have been killed while thousands were incarcerated. By refusing to stop peaceful resistance, the people of Ethiopia managed to compel the government to start listening allowing the election of the new Prime Minister, by the parliament. The new Prime Minister promised to open the political space and start dialogue with political forces and human rights activists opposed to the regime.

Beyan Asoba, with other four fellow countrymen, were invited to meet with the Representative’s Government to discuss the reforms and democratization of Ethiopia. Mr. Asoba serves as a part of the first group utilized by the government that consisted of the Diaspora Ethiopians. He plans to use the opportunity to express the importance of the support of government for the changes that have already taken place and for promises of reforms that have been made. Finally, he plans to suggest recommendations on the way forward to national reconciliation, peace and the democratization of Ethiopia.


November 22, 2017 - OCRC Interviewed about Sexual HarassmentPhoto of Regional Director Darlene Sweeney-Newbern

OCRC's Toledo Regional Director, Darlene Sweeney-Newbern was interviewed by Toledo's 13abc Action News about sexual harassment in the workplace. To watch the interview and learn more about sexual harassment in the workplace click here.


Photo of 2017 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Inductees, Commissioners, and SponsorsOctober 5, 2017 - 9th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission and sponsors welcomed the 2017 induction class of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse. Congratulations to inductees Lt. Col. Gilbert H. Jones, Chief Lawrence Harper, Moses Fleetwood Walker, and the Marching Mothers and Children of the 1954 Hillsboro Fight for Integration. For more about the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame and the 2017 inductees, click here.


July 18, 2017 - OCRC Staff Attend EEOC Conference in ClevelandPhoto of OCRC Executive Director, Chair, and EEOC leadership

Senior staff of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) attended the 2017 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Conference in Cleveland from July 18-20. Staff members represented Ohio as host state at the event aimed at providing professional development and education for state EEOC partners. The EEOC is the federal agency tasked with enforcing U.S. laws against discrimination in employment. 

Photo of OCRC senior staff members


Photo of Dayton and Cincinnati Regional Director Duffy Jamieson

Monday, June 12, 2017 - OCRC Welcomes New Regional Director for Dayton and Cincinnati

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) welcomes Duffy Jamieson who serves as Regional Director for the Commission in the Dayton Regional Office and Cincinnati Satellite Office. Jamieson is a seasoned attorney with more than 27 years of litigation experience with the Ohio Attorney General’s office, including eleven years as Assistant Chief of the Civil Rights Section. Jamieson also possesses an impressive track record of outreach to Ohio communities and has received local and national recognition for his legal work.

Executive Director of the OCRC, G. Michael Payton, remarked, “We are elated for the opportunity to again work with Duffy Jamieson, who is a highly talented individual. As prior legal counsel who prosecuted cases for the OCRC in the Attorney General’s office, Duffy will bring many years of dedicated, professional service and experience to the OCRC’s management team. He is highly respected by his legal peers.”
The OCRC is honored to have Jamieson join the agency’s staff.


Tuesday, June 11, 2017 OCRC Co-sponsors Accessibility Design & Construction Requirements Training

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On Tuesday, June 11, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, in Collaboration with the Central Ohio Fair Housing Association and others, will hold a free training event on the Accessibility Design & Construction Requirements of the Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). Registration is now live for architects, attorneys, and realtors who are interested.



May 28, 2017 - OCRC's Akron Regional Director on Forum360 

Akron Regional Director Bradley S. S. Dunn will appear on a Forum360 segment beginning Sunday, May 28, 2017. The segment will be broadcast on television and will be available online with Hudson Community TV's on-demand feature. Air times are as follows:


WONE FM 97.5 Air Time:   Sunday 6:00am    
WAKR AM 1590 Air Time:  Sunday 7:00am; 5:30pm, and Monday 12:30am


Western Reserve Public Media, PBS-TV, 45/49 Fusion channel:  Mondays 8:00pm and Saturdays 5:00pm in the same week
Hudson Community TV (HCTV):  Tuesday, 10:30am; Wednesday 7:30pm; Thursday 10:30pm; Friday 1:00pm; Sunday 11:00 am.


photo of University of Akron campus

University of Akron Meeting April 27, 2017 at Quaker Square Inn

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission held one of its public commission meetings on the University of Akron's campus. Following the meeting, law professor Brant Lee presented a talk entitled, "Beyond Merit and Malice: Developing New Narratives for Racial Inequality."



all student winners of 2017 MLK Contest

March 2, 2017 - 2017 MLK Contest Winners Celebrated

OCRC invited all of our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest winners to an award ceremony to celebrate their work. For more information, click here!





Photo of Judge Denise Johnson and Department of Youth Services employees at Black History Month event

February 28, 2017 - Judge Johnson Speaks at Black History Month event

OCRC Administrative Law Judge, Denise Johnson, spoke to the Ohio Department of Youth Services on February 28th, during their Black History Month Celebration.  Johnson discussed the history of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, as well as the historic Kennedy v. City of Zanesville case.



photo of Norman Gibson with Commissioners and Executive Staff

February 23, 2017 - Regional Director Norman Gibson Retires 

Norman Gibson, Regional Director of OCRC’s Dayton office, retired after serving the commission for twenty-one years. The commission celebrated his years of service, dedication, and leadership on February 23rd in Columbus and February 24th in Dayton. 



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