Boards and Commissions Membership

Human Rights Board
Ordinance (11-3-4-1 through 11-3-6)
The Board shall:
(A) Set such rules and regulations as are necessary for the operation of the Board.
(B) Conduct public hearings upon the request of the City Council or Mayor upon such matters as the City Council or Mayor may from time to time direct.
(C) Receive complaints alleging an unlawful discriminatory practice as defined in this article. The staff director (as described in 11-3-9(A)) of the Human Rights Board shall advise the complainant of the resources available to the complainant for resolution of his or her problem including but not limited to the State Human Rights Commission, the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Albuquerque Municipal Courts and such other agencies and entities as may be available. In addition, the staff director shall be responsible for:
(1) Following the progress of the individual complaints to insure that the agency to whom the complainant was referred acts on the referral;
(2) Observing complaints for trends that may indicate a need for changes in policies, ordinances or other practices; and
(3) Making recommendations to the Human Rights Board that it consider holding public hearings under this article.
(D) Not receive a complaint, where a similar complaint, based on the same facts, has been filed by the complainant with another agency.
(E) Use its best efforts to:
(1) Promote mutual trust, understanding and respect among the citizens of the Albuquerque community and between the citizens and their governmental agencies.
(2) Endeavor that all citizens may enjoy their rights and pursue their opportunities on an equal basis without discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, or physical handicap.
(3) Conduct programs of research and investigation into the existence, cause, prevention, and remedy of inter-group tensions and hostility, and prejudice and discrimination within the community and to inform and educate the citizens as to the results of such research and investigation.
(4) Conduct programs of information and education within the community so as to advise citizens of their existing rights and opportunities and the means by which they may lawfully be attained.
(5) Work in close cooperation with all public and private agencies within the community whose aims or activities are consistent with the purpose stated herein.
(F) Provide review of all existing and proposed ordinances and policies which relate to the objectives of this article.
(G) Work with governmental agencies, including the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, and with community organizations to carry out the purposes of this article.
(H) Make recommendations to the City Council based upon its findings concerning problems occasioned by prejudice and discrimination in all fields of human relations and recommend corrective action to aid in carrying out the purposes of this article.
(I) Submit annually a written report of its activities and an evaluation of the effectiveness of this article to the City Council and Mayor with recommendations for changes.
(J) Review and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, or Chief Administrative Officer regarding the City Affirmative Action Plan and Programs; city department, division, agency, and program affirmative action plans; and affirmative action guidelines for City contracts. Conduct investigations, monitor, and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council or Chief Administrative Officer about the city's implementation of such plans or guidelines. Recommend any remedial action necessary for compliance with approved plans or guidelines to the Chief Administrative Officer.
('74 Code, 12-3-5) (Ord. 106-1973; Am. Ord. 5-1977)
The Board may:
(A) Hold hearings, request the appearance of witnesses and the production of relevant books, records, correspondence, documents, and other evidence relating to any matter under investigation or in question before the Board.
(B) Make such investigations and studies in the field of human relations as in the judgment of the Board will aid in effectuating its general purposes.
(C) Recommend to the City Council and Mayor legislation to aid in carrying out the purposes of this article.
(D) Whenever the Board has reason to believe that a violation of this article has occurred and a proceeding would be in the interest of the public, it shall issue and serve upon such person a complaint stating its charges in that respect and containing a notice of a hearing, upon a day and at a place therein fixed, at least 30 days after the service of said complaint. The person so complained of shall have the right to appear at the place and time so fixed and show cause why an order should not be entered by the Board requiring such person to cease the violation of the law so charged in said complaint. Upon failure of the person to comply with the order within ten days, the Board shall file an appropriate proceeding in the Municipal Court. This proceeding shall be de novo. The Municipal Court shall have jurisdiction to entertain a complaint alleging a violation of this article without the necessity of filing a complaint with the Board.
('74 Code, 12-3-6) (Ord. 106-1973)
(A) There is hereby created the Human Rights Board of the city, consisting of seven members, all of whom shall be residents of the city. All members shall be named by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council.
(B) The Human Rights Board shall elect a Chairperson, who shall carry out the usual duties of that office and such other duties as may be described herein.
(C) The term of office of each member of the Board shall be three years; of the Board Members first named, however, two shall have terms ending December 31, 1974, two shall have terms ending December 31, 1975, and three shall have terms ending December 31, 1976. The Board shall by lot determine which member shall have which term.
(D) Any vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by appointment of the Mayor with the consent of the City Council and such appointment shall be for the unexpired term of the member whom he or she is to succeed.
(E) The Mayor shall endeavor in all appointments to create and maintain a Board broadly representative of the city population, and in particular, its racial, ethnic and cultural spectrum.
(F) A member once appointed may be removed only by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.
(G) Four members shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting Human Rights Board business.
Current Membership
At LargeMs. Joan M Yazze-Gallegos
12/31/2019, 12/31/2019
At LargeMs. Sradha Patel
At LargeMr. Douglas A. Alsup
At LargeDr. Virginia Necochea
At LargeMr. Adrien Lawyer
At LargeMr. Michael Jefferson
At LargeMrs. Samia Assed
Contact: Torri A. Jacobus, (505) 768-4500