April 25, 2014 – San Francisco Federal Building, 90 – 7th Street

Mental Health and Law Enforcement

Nearly every California community can recount one or more incidents where a member of the community struggling with a mental health emergency has had a violent encounter with law enforcement, with often tragic results for the community member and/or law enforcement. This workshop will focus on constructive approaches communities can take to address mental health issues in their communities; what training is currently available to law enforcement to address individuals with mental health problems and then will discuss the pro’s and con’s of “Laura’s Law,” which provides for involuntary hospitalization and treatment for mentally ill individuals.

Racial Justice & Building Healthy Communities

Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, communities are still struggling to achieve racial justice. This workshop will focus on a comprehensive report and recommendations that the Berkeley NAACP issued highlighting continuing racial discrimination and disparities in the City of Berkeley in: jobs, education, community services, law enforcement, etc. and suggesting solutions to address these disparities. We will discuss the report, its implications for other communities, as well as highlighting one initiative to remedy racial disparities, “Building Healthy Communities,” which many California communities have adopted.


California has one of the highest rates of immigration in the country. Yet, what steps have most communities taken, if any, to welcome and integrate new immigrants? Santa Clara County has been a leader in this regard and this workshop will highlight their work, discussing what has worked (and what hasn’t) and detail what other communities can do to replicate their success.

Youth and Human Rights

Many human relations commissions have established Youth HRCs to focus on human rights issues affecting youth. This workshop, created entirely by Youth HRC members from various HRCs in California, including San Francisco and Sonoma, will focus on issues affecting youth today and discuss how HRCs can support their work.

Human Trafficking

Trafficking of individuals for the sex trade and unpaid work is a major problem in California. This workshop will educate attendees on the extent of the problem, discuss innovative programs to keep at-risk youth out of the sex trade and discuss ways that HRCs can unite together to fight this scourge.

Transgender Non-discrimination, Training and Law Enforcement

After much work at the local, state and federal level by trans-activists and law enforcement, new training on transgender-law enforcement protocols is being promulgated by the DOJ. Recently, opponents of CA Assembly Bill 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, enacted on January 1, 2014, attempted to gather enough valid signatures to overturn the law through a ballot initiative. Even though transgender non-discrimination in employment was recently validated by the recent Macy lawsuit and settlement, unemployment in the trans community is still astronomical. These are some of these issues to be discussed in this timely panel.