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


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.

Divisions

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.

Mission

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 was appointed Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and the Fair Housing Commission (FHC) by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2008, and again by Mayor Jim Kenney in 2016. The PCHR is the quasi-judicial agency empowered to enforce the city’s civil rights laws and resolve community and neighborhood conflicts. The FHC is the city agency charged with addressing unfair rental practices in housing and other landlord-tenant disputes. Prior to her appointment, Landau was a senior attorney in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS) in Philadelphia, where she specialized in landlord-tenant law with a focus on public and subsidized housing.

Under her leadership at the agencies, Landau has overhauled and expanded the City’s Fair Practices Ordinance and Fair Housing Ordinance to add civil rights protections including wage equity, fair chance hiring for people with criminal records, reasonable accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and good cause eviction safeguards, among others. She also has overseen many efforts to strengthen existing laws to create added protections for marginalized populations such as the LGBTQ community. Recent contributions include her active role with the City’s racial equity initiatives and the ongoing work of the Mayor’s Taskforce on Eviction Prevention and Response.

Landau frequently presents on civil rights issues ranging from race relations and discrimination to hate crimes and bias incidents. She has published multiple op-eds on civil rights issues and produced reports addressing significant community concerns including Widening the Circle of Our Concern: Public Perceptions of the School District of Philadelphia's Response to Intergroup Conflicts” in 2011, and Inform, Monitor, Report: Addressing Racism and Discrimination in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Community in 2017. In 2002, she authored the chapter Criminal Records and Subsidized Housing: Families Losing the Opportunity for Decent Shelter for the Center for Law and Social Policy's publication, Every Door Closed.

Landau is the recipient of numerous awards for her community leadership and fierce commitment to civil rights, equity, and social justice, including the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Division (2019), the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award on behalf of the PCHR (2016), the Building Bridges, Opening Doors Award from HIAS PA (2010), and “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer (2006).