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Zoom Webinar Day 3 - Afternoon Sessions and Closing

Robin S. Toma
President, International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies / Executive Director, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations

Robin S. Toma is Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations Commission, which leads the ambitious anti-hate program, LAvsHate, for LA County government. He also serves as President of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, the only national network of state and local governmental human and civil rights agencies in the U.S.  He’s also a Senior Fellow of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and has served on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission’s California Advisory Committee. A proud alumnus of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Session on Human Rights Commissions and Criminal Justice, as well as the Kellogg National Leadership Program, Robin was honored to serve as an adviser/member of the 2010 Obama Administration’s delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, and invited to serve on the official U.S. government’s Delegation to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism held in South Africa in 2001.  A native Angeleno and ‘Sansei’ of Japanese and Okinawan ancestry, Robin grew up in the Echo Park/Silver Lake neighborhoods, attending public schools. He earned a Juris Doctor degree and M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA, and holds a B.A. with highest honors in Sociology and honors in Economics from UC Santa Cruz.  Robin is fluent in Spanish, and lived in Barcelona, Spain for 2 years, and later taught in Los Angeles public schools.  Prior to working in LA County government, Robin was an ACLU staff attorney in L.A. for almost 7 years, and litigated a wide range of cases involving unlawful discrimination, free speech, police misconduct, voting rights, international human rights, and other human rights and civil liberties cases.