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Center City Office
601 Walnut Street
Suite 300 South
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-686-4670
Fax: 215-686-4684

History of the Commission

Established in 1951 under the City’s Home Rule Charter, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is the local agency that enforces the civil rights laws and deals with matters of intergroup conflict within the City of Philadelphia.

Commission Members

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is comprised of nine individuals appointed by the Mayor. Commissioners decide disputed complaints through adjudicatory hearings and also conduct public hearings for informational and educational purposes.


The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is organized into two divisions: the Compliance Division and the Community Relations Division.

Senior Staff Directory

Meet the senior staff of the Commission on Human Relations.

Meetings and Events

Get details about meetings and events. Learn more about the different types of meetings held by the Commission on Human Relations.

Hearing on Racism and Discrimination in the LGBTQ Community

On October 25, 2016, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations held a public educational hearing in response to growing tension and wide-ranging reports of racism and discrimination in the LGBTQ community.


To enforce the City's laws prohibiting discrimination, to promote equal rights and opportunities of all Philadelphians, and to advance community relations across differences such as race, religion, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation.

Rue Landau, Esquire

Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

Rue Landau, Esquire is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and the Fair Housing Commission (FHC). Prior to her appointment, Rue was a senior attorney in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS) in Philadelphia. At CLS she specialized in landlord-tenant law with a focus on public and subsidized housing. In 2002, she authored a chapter entitled, “Criminal Records and Subsidized Housing: Families Losing the Opportunity for Decent Shelter,” for Every Door Closed, a publication addressing the barriers facing parents with criminal records. In September 2006, she was named a Pennsylvania Lawyer on the Fast Track by American Lawyer Media. During her tenure at CLS, Rue was an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association where she served as co-chair of the Municipal Court Committee and as a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Rue has served on the boards of Bread and Roses Community Fund, the Women’s Medical Fund and Liberty City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Democratic Club and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC). She currently serves on the board of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA).