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Aida Ramirez, Director

Aida Ramirez joined the Human Rights Commission in November of 2013 as the Deputy Director.  Following the retirement of former Director Lorraine Smith, Ms. Ramirez took the position of Director in July 2014.

Ms. Ramirez received her Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis and obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Purdue University in West Lafayette.  Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Ramirez worked as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Louis F. Rosenberg, Judge of Marion County Circuit Court, via funding by an Indiana Supreme Court Grant.  Ms. Ramirez worked with judicial officers to increase access to justice in the Marion County Small Claims Courts by implementing the 2012 Indiana Court of Appeals Task Force Recommendations.  Ms. Ramirez’s selected accomplishments include increasing access to the courts for persons with limited English proficiency by translating documents, increasing access for persons with physical and hearing impairments, drafting uniform court forms, drafting a pro se litigant manual, and providing assistance in drafting local Marion County Small Claims Rules.

Prior to law school, Ms. Ramirez acquired extensive experience in academia at Purdue University, working both as a lecturer and a graduate assistant for various departments on campus.  While a graduate student, she worked as a Project Coordinator of the Purdue Student Wellness Office and managed a $300,000 U.S. Department of Education grant to prevent high-risk drinking among first-year students.  In 2011, Ms. Ramirez competed in the Honorable Robert H. Staton Moot Court Competition and was named to the Order of the Barristers.  She also received the Larry W. Suciu Windfall Award, the Norman Lefstein Pro bono Award of Excellence, the Betty Nelson Skilled Leader Award, and was a 1999 recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award in Lake County, Indiana.  Her volunteer work and activities include pro bono with the Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, volunteer Judge for Moot Court Competition, and member of the Health Law Society.



Human Rights Commission

NameTermExpiresAppointed By
Wan Baba3 Years3/31/20City Council
Annette Barnes3 Years3/31/22City Council
Sondra Bolte3 Yeras3/31/22City Council
Trena Carter3 Years3/31/20City Council
Mike Champlin3 Years3/31/23City Council
Richard Gold3 Years3/31/22City Council
Joy King3 Years3/31/20City Council
Gregory S. Lewis3 Years3/31/21City Council
Claudia Sanchez Davila2 Years3/31/21City Council
Matt Souza *3 Years3/31/22City Council
John Stroh 3 Years3/31/21City Council
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.

Attorney: Mary Stroh
City Council Liaison: Tim Shuffett

Location: The meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall. **In order to take necessary COVID-19 precautions and keep in compliance with Open Door Law (ODL) meetings are being held virtually with phone access until further notice. Virtual and in-person meetings are open to the public.** 

Meeting time: 4:30 p.m.

*Denotes Chairperson of Board/Commission City Council

2021 Officers

Chairperson – Matt Souza
Vice Chairperson – Joy King
Secretary – Annette Barnes
Treasurer – Trena Carter

2020 Officers

Chairperson – Matt Souza
Vice Chairperson – Joy King
Secretary – Annette Barnes
Treasurer – Trena Carter

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