Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of Human Rights for the State of Minnesota, will join the Wednesday night panel discussion, “How to Access Human Rights in North Dakota and Minnesota” on Wednesday, November 15 at the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival.

Lindsey was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in February 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience in resolving complex legal and public policy questions as an attorney in the private and public sectors.

As Commissioner, Lindsey is responsible for a department whose mission is to make Minnesota discrimination free. The Department of Human Rights enforces the Minnesota Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, religion, color, creed, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation and other characteristics protected under the Act. Discrimination is prohibited in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, business, credit and other areas.

The panel discussion, “How to Access Human Rights in North Dakota and Minnesota” will have a variety of non-profit and community based organizations gathered to discuss how to access human rights in North Dakota and Minnesota. The organizations will discuss their work and protections, and identify how individuals can access their services if they believe their human rights have been violated.

The panel will be moderated by North Dakota State Representative Joshua Boschee, Panelist schedule to participate include: Jennifer Cook, the North Dakota Chapter of the ACLU; Dave Lanpher, the Fargo Human Relations Commission; Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Department of Human Rights; and Barry Nelson, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artist. 2017 is the inaugural year for both festivals.

The North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival will take place November 15, 16 and 17, 2017, at the Fargo Theater in Fargo, North Dakota. Panel discussions will take place each evening of the film festival.

The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival will be exhibited November 13, 2017 through January 5, 2018 at the Spirit Room in Fargo, North Dakota. A public reception and awards ceremony will be held at The Spirit Room on Saturday, November 18 from 5 to 7.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Wednesday night film screenings and panel discussion with Kevin Lindsey at the historic Fargo Theater in downtown Fargo, North Dakota.

Learn more about Kevin Lindsey and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights at their website.

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