Delaware Secretary of State's Office of Human Relations & Commission on Human Relations


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Delaware Secretary of State's Office of Human Relations & Commission on Human Relations



"It's Good To Be First In Fairness"

Our Mission is TO ensure equal opportunity for all people of Delaware by protecting against practices that discriminate based on race, color, age, religion, marital status, familial status, national origin, or persons with disability.  TO promote amicable relationships among the various racial, ethnic, religious, gender, age, social and cultural groups within the state.  TO educate the community at large regarding discrimination of all types, including sexual orientation and economic status. To achieve this goal, the Office performs the following functions:

  • Investigate, negotiate and settle housing and public accommodation discrimination complaints;
  • Promote amicable relations among all racial, cultural and ethnic groups;
  • Provide clerical, administrative and fiscal support to the State Human Relations Commission and assist in monitoring the State Affirmative Action Plan;
  • Conduct educational seminars on discrimination, fair housing, public accommodations and hate issues;
  • Serve as staff for the State Equal Employment Opportunity Council;
  • Receive, investigate and mediate/conciliate incidents of discrimination, bias and disparate treatment as it relates to schools, prisons, neighborhood tension, hate crime and police conflict.


Name Phone
Interim Director
Vincent Petroff (302) 577-5050 (Wilmington)
(302) 739-4567 (Dover)
(302) 856-5331 (Georgetown)
(877) 54-HUMAN (544-8626) (Toll Free)
Wilmington Office
Barbara Haigh (302) 577-5050
Ines Hungria (302) 577-5050
Dover Office
Sheryl Paquette (302) 739-4567
Raymond Paylor (302) 739-4567
Georgetown Office
Araceli Hand (302) 856-5331
Nicholas Mirro (302) 856-5331
Fax Numbers
Wilmington Fax (302) 577-3486
Dover Fax (302) 739-3354
Georgetown Fax (302) 856-5146


 New Castle County Kent County Sussex County

Carvel State Office Building
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: 302-577-5050
Fax: 302-577-3486

Cannon Building
861 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 205
Dover, Delaware 19904
Phone: 302-739-4567
Fax: 302-739-3354

Georgetown State Service Center
546 S. Bedford Street, 2nd Floor
Georgetown, Delaware 19947
Phone: 302-856-5331
Fax: 302-856-5146