Human Rights and Equity Programs

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8AM-4:30PM. To file a complaint, call (703) 324-2953 to be scheduled for an intake appointment via telephone or videoconference.
703-324-2953 TTY 711
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 318
Fairfax, VA 22035
Michael L. Simms
Acting Director

October 21, 2020 Commission Meeting (Recording)

Commission Meeting
10/21/2020 7:30 pm


Recording of Meeting:



Commissioner Crawford (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Alber (Home, Centreville, VA)

Commissioner Malik (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Salinas (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Bell-Krasner (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Shipman (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Solon (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Hudson (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Commissioner Conde (Home, Alexandria, VA)

Commissioner Bhinge (Home, Fairfax, VA)

Director Kenneth Saunders (Home, Washington, D.C.)



Commission Chair Gloria Crawford called the Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Commission meeting to order at 7:30 P.M.


Approval of AgendaIt was moved by Commissioner Alber and seconded by Commissioner Solon that the October 21, 2020 Agenda be approved as amended.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.


Approval of Minutes:  It was moved by Commissioner Salinas and seconded by Commissioner Bell-Krasner that the October 7, 2020 Minutes be approved as presented.  The motion passed by majority vote with Commissioner Bhinge abstaining.


STAFF ISSUES:  There were no Staff Issues.




HRC# 2020073H - FIR.  It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Salinas that this complaint be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of the Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of OHREP.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.


COMMUNITY CONCERNS - Commissioner Hudson updated the Commissioners about the Virginia Association for Human Rights (VAHR) Annual Conference.  There were a few changes being made to the bylaws; annual dues will be the lump sum of $350 for a Commission that has 11 or more Commissioners.  The dues for Commissions that have 10 or less Commissioners will be $250.              In addition, the Steering Committee will be changed to a Board which will rebuild from the ground up and it will focus on how it does business.  Commissioner Hudson will keep the Commissioners posted on the activities of VAHR.


PENDING BUISNESS - Technology options for Commission meetings – Compliance Supervisor Mike Simms updated the Commissioners about County approval for different options to use when holding electronic meetings, but the County is still working on the logistics.  Some of the Commissioners expressed an interest in using Zoom to hold meetings.  Mike will follow-up with the Commissioners about the progress and potential modifications that can be made to Zoom. 


NEW BUSINESS Election of Officers

Commissioner Malik was voted to serve as the Vice Chairperson.  The motion passed by majority vote.  

It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Salinas that Commissioner Bell-Krasner serve as the Commission Secretary.  The motion passed by unanimous vote


The meeting adjourned at 8:56 p.m.


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