The Division of Equity and Social Justice (DESJ) wants to hear the voice of those within the community to be able to elevate the information or work directly with partners in the community. Commissions and Committees are open to the public and we encourage the community to attend and make their voices heard. DESJ has numerous departments that lead Committee groups within Santa Clara County. The following is a brief description of each Committee group and the respective DESJ department that leads the work:
Human Rights Commission (HRC)
- Goal: The mission of the Human Relations Commission (HRC) is to advise the Board of Supervisors on issues that affect the human and civil rights of all County residents and advocate for and take positive action to eliminate prejudice and discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, cultural background, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or other factors.
- Departments: Division of Equity and Social Justice (subject to the approval of the County Executive)
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
- Goal: To promote affirmative action, to eliminate the practice of discrimination and prejudice against women based on gender in the areas of housing, employment, education, community services, and related fields. (taken off their current bylaws, established in 1973)
- Department: Office of Women’s Policy (subject to the approval of the County Executive)
Task Force on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
- Goal: The purpose of the CEDAW Task Force is to serve as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors for the purpose of analyzing County programs and services from a gender perspective in the areas of Economic Prosperity, Gender-based Violence, Health Care, Affordable Housing, Education & Leadership, and Access to Justice and making recommendations to help the County meet the needs of vulnerable women and girls.
- Departments: Office of Women’s Policy (subject to the approval of the County Executive)
Juvenile Justice Systems Collaborative (JJSC)
- Goal: The County of Santa Clara Juvenile Justice Systems Collaborative (JJSC) is a community council focusing on collaboration among the Office of the County Executive, Juvenile Courts, Probation, District Attorney, the Public Defender, local governments, law enforcement, schools and community-based service providers. The collaborative is dedicated to preventing youth from penetrating the juvenile justice system, continuously improving processes within the system; and ensuring the deployment of evidence-based practices to more effectively rehabilitate youth. The collaborative consists of the Race Equity in Justice Systems Workgroup (REJS) and the Race Equity through Prevention Workgroup (REP).
- Departments: The Office of Cultural Competency currently chairs the Race Equity through Prevention Workgroup (REP).