About the Consortium

We are committed to:
Encouraging the highest courts of each state to create commissions to examine the treatment accorded minorities in their courts;
Sharing the collective knowledge of task forces and commissions with courts, law enforcement, and the community;
Providing technical assistance and expertise to commissions, task forces, and other interested organizations and individuals on the subject of racial and ethnic fairness.
More about our mission.

State activities

North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC-CRED) is a collaborative research-based organization whose mission is to identify, document, and alleviate racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.

  • Implicit Bias training under way The role of the National Consortium is assisting in implementing programs and recommendations for ethnical and racial fairness, and to serve as a central forum for exchanging information on identifying and eliminating racial and ethnic bias in the courts. read more
  • Judge Lance Ito gives keynote at annual conference During the Consortium's 26th Conference, Judge Ito gave an inspirational speech about his heritage and how his parents were part of this injustice that took place at Heart Mountain. read more
  • Presentation materials now available Presentation materials from the National Consortium of Racial and Ethnic Fairness' 26th Annual Conference are now available online. read more

National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15, 2014

Mes de la Herencia Hispana

The National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15th to October 15th when we recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and we celebrate their heritage and culture.

Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson, and the length of the celebration was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to cover a 30-day period (September 15 - October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their Independence Day on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with century-old traditions that reflect the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural customs of their communities.

Please join the National Consortium in recognizing and celebrating the Hispanic Americans throughout the nation who have positively influenced and enriched our society.