The state of Hawai’i has a strong commitment to the protection of civil rights. The legislature gave meaning to this commitment by creating the Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) in 1989. The HCRC was organized in 1990 and officially opened its doors in January 1991. For twelve years the HCRC has enforced state laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and access to state and state-funded services. The HCRC receives, investigates, conciliates, and adjudicates complaints of discrimination.
As part of its commitment to civil rights, the HCRC supports mediation by giving aggrieved parties an opportunity to resolve their claims before they advance through the formal process. By providing the parties an opportunity to mediate their disputes, the HCRC supports WHMC’s mission of empowering individuals to reach peaceful solutions to the conflicts that arise in their lives.