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Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights & Jail Oversight Committee


Receives and responds to inquiries from the public about human and civil rights concerns. Provides referrals and clarifies pathways to seek redress, though has no regulatory authority in regards to discrimination. Provides diversity training for employees of Onondaga County & non-profit human services agencies. Receives and screens complaints for the Justice Center (Jail) Oversight Committee (JCOC). 

Eligibility: Onondaga County residents and viistors

Application Process: Phone, mail, email, or walk-in (appointments preferred)

Required Documentation: Call for required documentation

Fees: None

Onondaga County


Free and confidential number for jail complaints: 315-435-3567

Business Line: 315-435-3565

Website: www.ongov.net/humanrights & www.ongov.net/jcoc

John H. Mulroy Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street, Suite 19 - Basement Level
Syracuse NY 13202

Mailing Address:

421 Montgomery Street
Suite 19
Syracuse NY 13202


Monday - Friday, 10 AM -5 PM


Barrie Gewanter
Executive Director of HRC & Administrator for JCOC
[email protected]

Disabilities Access

Fully Accessible


Interpretation in Multiple Languages available through phone or video based interpreters, or in-person upon request in advance, American Sign Language, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Cantonese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, HaitianCreole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer(Cambodian), Korean, Laotian, Lithuanian, Malay, Mandarin, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Creole, Cambodian

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