Since May 19, 1964, the Gary Human Relations Commission “GHRC” has been the local civil rights agency in Northwest Indiana. The agency ensures human rights and dignity for all people. From filing complaints to conciliation, from investigation to public hearings, all charges of discrimination are handled with professional objectivity according to the Rules and Regulations of the Commission. Complainants are protected by law from retaliatory acts and respondents are protected against unfounded charges. Other powers and duties of the Commission include gathering and distributing information intended to improve human relations and achieve equal opportunity throughout Northwest Indiana, reducing tensions and preventing violence, conducting studies, and discouraging acts of discrimination. The GHRC is also responsible for handling all ADA (Americans with Disabilities) and Title VI grievances.