Make a difference for persons with disabilities. Become a Human Rights Authority Member


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Rockford, Illinois and vicinityincluding Winnebago, Dekalb, Ogle, BooneJoDavies, Lee, Carroll, Whiteside CountiesRockford, IL 61103


The Human Rights Authority is a division of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission that is statutorily empowered to investigate alleged violations of the rights of persons with disabilities including persons with mental illness, cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities, and the aged disabled. There are nine Authorities, spread throughout the state according to geographic region. The membership of each Authority consists of nine volunteers. Three of these, by statute, are themselves providers of disability services, one each from the area of mental health, developmental services and rehabilitation services. The other six members are private citizens, some of whom themselves might have a disability, have a family member with a disability or just be concerned citizens interested in disability rights. Members attend monthly meetings and serve on investigative teams. For further information, you can contact Teresa Parks at (309)671-3030 or Mona Lisa George at (815) 987-7664 for the Human Rights Authorityin the northwest portion of the state . During the time of HRA's existence, the lives of thousands of persons with disabilities have been positively affected by the hundreds of volunteers who have served. Join us today!


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 hours a month
  • Application and appointment process required

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