LISTEN: What does it take to ensure human rights across Alaska? A conversation with the Human Rights Commission and state Ombudsman.

Protesters stopped outside of the Anchorage Police Department headquarters. (Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media) 

Protests demanding equality have rippled across the state and nation in recent weeks. Communities of color and their supporters demand reform of policing, but inequality also exists within many other government agencies and programs that create barriers to social justice. We’ll discuss human rights and ending discrimination on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Robert Corbisier, Executive Director, Alaska State Commission for Human Rights
  • Kate Burkhart, Alaska State Ombudsman


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  • To file confidential complaints about state agencies, visit the Alaska State Ombudsman’s online complaint portal
  • To file confidential complaints about employment, places of public accommodation, housing, financial, state or political subdivisions discrimination, visit visit the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights homepage


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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