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Last modified: 3/6/2012 4:09 PM

The Human Relations Commission

Is an advisory body appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. Its purpose is to advise the Board on issues that affect the human and civil rights of county residents. The Commission also advocates for the elimination of prejudice and discrimination and promotes peace and justice for all residents of Santa Clara County.

The Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 70 West Hedding Street in San Jose.

For information call: (408) 792-2300.

Dispute Resolution Program Services

Is a community justice and mediation center that offers a variety of services and programs that include mediation, conciliation, group facilitation, training and education for community groups, families, schools, local government and neighbors. In addition, DRPS provides mediation and conciliation services in partnership with various County agencies including: The Juvenile Division of the County Probation Department, The Office of the District Attorney and the Family Court Division of Superior Court.

DRPS also offers services in the schools; the Conflict Resolution and Educational Services and Training (CREST) teaches students, parents, and school staff the skills necessary to become effect conflict managers and peer mediators.

For information call: (408) 792-2300.

Immigrant Relations and Integration Services

Santa Clara County established its unique Citizenship Initiative in 1996 with the twin goals of empowering low-income legal immigrants and re-establishing eligibility for the safety net for legal immigrants taken away through federal welfare reform. In the past five years, collaborating community-based organizations have assisted over 16,000 low-income legal immigrants with their citizenship applications.

Recognizing many acute additional needs of immigrants—who constitute one third of the County population—culminated in the program’s Summit on Immigrant Needs and Contributions in December 2000. Hundreds of recommendations were made and several important initiatives are now being carried out, including the establishment of an ESL website (ImmigrantInfo.org), immigrant leadership classes, immigrant community education, and diversity training regarding immigrants. This latter effort includes KIN of Santa Clara County (Knowledge of Immigrant Nationalities), a vital community resource on the history, cultural background, and conditions of life of the 16 “largest and neediest” immigrant groups in Santa Clara County.

Network for a Hate-Free Community

Is a program that serves as a centralized source for reporting and collecting data on hate incidents and hate crimes in Santa Clara County. In addition, the program makes referrals to mental health, law enforcement, Victim Witness Services, mediation and dispute resolution services for victims of hate crime and hate incidents.

The program also provides training to community groups, schools, and organizations on reporting and responding to hate incidents, hate crimes, and on prejudice reduction. It also provides speakers that help to raise awareness and understanding on a wide variety of ethnic and cultural groups residing in our community.

For more information call: (408) 792-2304.

To report a hate incident or hate crime call: The Anti- Hate Hotline: (408) 279-0111.

Youth Task Force

Is a group of young people recruited to advise the County Board of Supervisors on issues and policies affecting the quality of life of youth. YTF is made of 20 youth between the ages of 14-20 years old who are recruited from throughout the county’s 5 supervisorial districts.

It is the intent of the program to groom youth as community advocates and future leaders and to familiarize them with the county’s advisory process.

For more information call (408) 792-2315.