Beverly Watts, director of the Tennessee Human Rights CommissionPhoto by Theresa Montgomery
Hamilton County ranks third in the state in the number of discrimination claims filed, according to a Tennessee Human Rights Commission official.
“We have what I call a consistently large load,” said Beverly Watts, executive director of the commission.
But she said it’s because people know where they need to go to file a complaint.
Watts was in Chattanooga as part of the commission’s outreach meetings. It was the first time since the forums were started two years ago.
About 50 representatives from government agencies, nonprofits and churches attended the meetings at the Second Missionary Baptist Church.
Perla Trevizo joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2007 and covers immigration/diversity issues and higher education. She holds a master’s degree in newswire journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas. In 2011 she participated in the Bringing Home the World international reporting fellowship program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, producing a series on Guatemalan immigrants for which she ...