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(DENVER) - Gov. Bill Owens today announced the appointment of Eva M. Valdez of Pueblo and Virginia Butler of Denver to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
"The Colorado Civil Rights Commission investigates cases involving discrimination and works to prevent discrimination," said Owens. "Both appointees will bring their unique skills to address these issues on behalf of Coloradans."
Eva Valdez currently serves as a Patient Rights Specialist/RN III in the Patient Rights Office of the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, Colorado. She has clinical expertise in several areas including forensic exams on sexual assault victims, forensic psychiatric/ mental health nursing, substance abuse counseling and HIV/ AIDS counseling.
Virginia Butler served as the Deputy Director of Small Business Programs for the Governor's Office of Economic Development & International Trade – a program designed to promote the growth of existing and new small businesses across the state with an emphasis in rural areas. Prior to that, Butler was a partner and chief operating officer for Burks/Butler Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations.
The Commission investigates complaints and conducts hearings concerning alleged discrimination in employment, apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training, and vocational schools. The Commission also investigates the existence of discriminatory or unfair employment practices by a person, employment agency, labor organization, or vocational school. Terms are four years in length and appointees require Senate confirmation.
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