Human Rights

Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity. They are called human rights because they are universal. Whereas nations or specialized groups enjoy specific rights that apply only to them, human rights are the rights to which everyone is entitled—no matter who they are or where they live—simply because they are alive. (

In Omaha, Nebraska, you have access to help.  The Human Rights and Relations Department in the City of Omaha is staffed with paid employees, and a board of directors.  The Human Rights and Relations Department is charged with three major responsibilities for the City of Omaha; Human Relations and Economic Inclusion Administration, Civil Rights Investigations and Enforcement Support Services, and Community Relations and Contract Compliance.

It is responsible for the investigation, elimination, and prevention of all forms of socioeconomic disparities and prohibited discrimination, including that based on race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other form of discrimination proscribed by ordinance or resolution.

Towards its goal of ensuring equal opportunity and equitable access to those opportunities for all citizens of the city, this department oversees the operation of two appointed boards: the Human Rights and Relations Board and the Civil Rights Hearing Board, and one appointed council: the Economic Inclusion Council.

Currently, Chaplain Royal serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board for the Human Rights and Relations.  You may contact him via email, via phone 402-575-7006, or by contact the Human Rights and Relations office: 402-444-5055