The Human Rights Department has a total of three (3) staff members with an office located on the first floor of City Hall. We welcome the opportunity to speak to you or your organization about community education, outreach, or individual technical assistance.

Panelists from HRC’s 2019 Annual Dinner

Aida Ramirez is a Northwest Indiana native who joined the Commission in 2013 as Deputy Director before being promoted to Director the following year. Aida received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis and obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Prior to moving to Columbus and joining the Commission, Aida worked with the Marion County Circuit Court to increase access to justice in the Marion County Small Claims Courts by implementing the 2012 Indiana Court of Appeals Task Force Recommendations. Specific objectives were increasing access to justice for Limited-English Proficient persons and those with physical and hearing impairments, decreasing barriers to participation in the pro se litigant process by providing draft uniform court forms and a litigant manual explaining the process and making it available to the public online, and providing technical assistance and guidance in drafting local Marion County Small Claims Rules aimed at achieving these objectives and increasing transparency in the courts.

Department StaffOrganizational Chart (PDF) 

Aida Ramírez, J.D.
Human Rights Director
E-mail: aramirez@columbus.in.gov
Phone: 812.376.2532

Erica Schmidt, MPA
Human Rights Deputy Director
E-mail: eschmidt@columbus.in.gov
Phone: 812.376.2532

Open
Human Rights Office Manager
E-mail:
Phone: 812.376.2532

Human Rights Commission

NameTermExpiresAppointed By
Joy Basa-King*3 Years3/31/23City Council
Mike Champlin**3 Years3/31/23City Council
Jasmine O'Conner3 years 3/31/25City Council
Sondra Bolte3 Years3/31/25City Council
Tyler Davis 3 years 3/31/23City Council
Richard Gold3 Years3/31/25City Council
Gregory S. Lewis3 Years3/31/24City Council
Amanda Roggow 3 years3/31/23City Council
Claudia Sanchez Davila3 Years3/31/24City Council
Matt Souza3 Years3/31/25City Council
VACANT3 Years3/31/24City Council
*Chairperson of Commission
**Vice-Chairperson of Commission

Department Attorney: Mary Stroh, Assistant City Attorney
City Council Liaison: Tim Shuffett

Location: The meetings are held in the Cal Brand Meet Hall at City Hall.

**In order to take necessary COVID-19 precautions and keep in compliance with Open Door Law (ODL) meetings are being held in the Cal Brand Meeting Hall located in City Hall and virtually via WebEx with phone access until further notice. Members of the public who will participate electronically and wish to submit questions or comments can do so via e-mail to humanrights@columbus.in.gov.**

The monthly Human Rights Commission meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month, with the exception of November and December due to the holidays.

 

2022/2023 Officers
Chairpersons -Joy Basa-King
Vice-Chairperson -Mike Champlin
Secretary – Jasmine O’Conner
Treasurer – Sondra Bolte

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