State officials have recognized the work of a local agency.
The Virginia General Assembly awarded the Prince William County Human Rights Commission with a commending resolution.
Commission Chair Curtis Porter, Executive Director Raul Torres, and Commissioners Evelyn Brumar and Tonya James received it in Richmond, according to a release from Prince William County.
“It was really great to receive the applause and accolades from the general assembly,” Porter said in a release. “It’s good to be recognized for the work that we’ve done.”
State Delegate Danica Roem proposed that the a commending resolution be awarded to the commission, which was launched by the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS).
The commendation mentions that the Human Rights Commission seeks to end discrimination and create equal opportunities for community members.
Additionally, it increases awareness about human rights issues and addresses complaints, according to the commending resolution.
One of the programs run by the commission — the Student Leadership Council — is mentioned, as well.
Porter is hopeful that the resolution encourages localities to follow the county’s example of protecting human rights.
“Prince William County is really unique because we’re one of four commissions across the Commonwealth that actually have enforcement power and the type of legislation that we have with our ordinance,” Porter said in a release. “Hopefully, that might be a platform for other places across the Commonwealth, that didn’t really focus on it, to think about forming commissions themselves.”