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April 24, 2012

Castro to speak at bullying conference

DANVILLE — The Illinois Municipal Human Relations Association, Inc. (IMHRA) and the Illinois Department of Human Rights will sponsor their annual statewide conference on May 8 at the Days Hotel in Danville.

The theme for the conference is: “Bullying and Discrimination: An Institutional Correlation?”

In reviewing the issues related to bullying, the conference will provide information on whether there is a correlation between bullying and discrimination.

The Honorable Martin Castro, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on March 11, 2011, will be the keynote speaker at the conference.

Castro was born in Chicago. He is the son and grandson of Mexican immigrants, and was the first in his family to go to college, earning his B.A. in political science in 1985 from DePaul University and his J.D. in 1988 from the University of Michigan Law School.

He takes pride in being a product of Head Start and affirmative action programs in higher education. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1988.

In December 2009, Castro was appointed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to chair the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the state public body that arbitrates complaints of civil rights violations in housing, employment, public accommodations and financial credit.

IMHRA is a non-profit organization whose members consist of community/human relations representatives from municipalities throughout the state. IMHRA was organized in 1973 to initiate, promote and conduct educational programs/workshops regarding equal opportunity for all persons and groups in the state.

IDHR administers and enforces the Illinois Human Rights Act. The act guarantees that people in Illinois be free from discrimination in employment, real estate transactions, financial lending practices, and in their access to places of public accommodation and services of public officials.

Illinois State Board of Education Continuing Professional Development Units will be available to educators who attend the conference.

The registration fee is $75. To register for the conference, call the City of Danville Human Relations office at 431-2280.

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