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Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

Fighting discrimination, ensuring equal rights, and helping build stronger communities.

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

What we do

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) is the City’s official civil rights agency. We enforce an important set of laws that prevent discrimination and promote equality.

PCHR works to:

  • Enforce anti-discrimination laws, especially the City’s Fair Practices Ordinance.
  • Administer the “Ban the Box” law that prevents discrimination against people with criminal records.
  • Investigate complaints of discrimination and violations of civil rights laws.
  • Resolve community conflicts through dialogue and other dispute resolution methods.
  • Educate the public on their legal rights and responsibilities.

PCHR is led by a nine-member commission, appointed by the mayor. This commission decides disputed complaints and conducts hearings to educate and inform the public.

PCHR works to make sure that everyone in Philadelphia has equal rights and opportunities.


601 Walnut St.
Suite 300 South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Looking for more information?

You can find more about the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations on the City's legacy pages.


Nothing from April 16, 2021 to July 16, 2021.


Name Job title Phone #
Matthew Cowell Supervisor
(215) 686-4663
Randy Duque Acting Executive Director
(215) 686-4676
Joseph Farley Supervisor
(215) 686-4688
Karen Forman Principal Assistant
(215) 686-4891
Monica Gonzalez Executive Secretary
(215) 686-4674
Pamela Gwaltney Deputy Director
(215) 686-4698
Shawna Holts Supervisor
(215) 686-4675
Veata Smith Administrative Assistant
(215) 686-4699
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