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National Fair Housing Forum: A Conversation on Sexual Harassment in Housing Situations


June 25, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT





"If I did not have sex with him, he was going to put me out. As a single mom, I had no choice. I did not want to lose my housing."

- Victim of Housing Discrimination

Combating sexual harassment in housing situations is especially important during this unprecedented time. Join NFHTA for a discussion with HUD, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) regarding sexual harassment in housing situations, HUD and DOJ's priority to fully investigate and prevent sexual harassment in housing, and how FHIP and FHAP organizations can assist victims.


1. Welcome from Former Assistant Secretary Anna María Farías

2. FHEO Leadership Introduce National Fair Housing Forums

3. Open Forum with FHIP and FHAP Staff

4. Emerging Topic Presentation

  • What constitutes sexual harassment under the Fair Housing Act?
  • Who is most vulnerable?
  • Key case highlights and affirmative outcomes
  • Resources for education and outreach
  • Overview of investigation techniques
  • List of enforcement agencies

5. Closing Remarks


Speaker Bios

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Anna María Farías

Former Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
David Enzel Bio Picture

David Enzel

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Enforcement and Programs
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Lynn Grosso

Director, Office of Enforcement and Programs
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Kathleen Pennington

Assistant General Counsel, Fair Housing Enforcement
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Megan Whyte de Vasquez

Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Lisa Rice Bio Picture

Lisa Rice

President and CEO
National Fair Housing Alliance

About the Forums

This series of online discussions is designed to allow HUD and its partners to address substantive emerging fair housing concerns during this unprecedented time. The Forums convene HUD's FHIP and FHAP partners in a multi-directional conversation regarding processing complaints, conducting investigations, and managing agencies during a crisis and its aftermath. Forum discussions will necessarily change over time as new fair housing issues emerge.

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Disclaimer: The National Fair Housing Forum webinar series provides training by and to HUD partners, including entities and persons participating in HUD's FHAP Program and FHIP Program. The series offers multidirectional idea sharing in real-time. The views offered by speakers and participants do not necessarily reflect HUD's views. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, documents provided as part of the webinar were created and maintained by other public and private organizations and may not reflect HUD's official position. HUD-produced guidance documents, except when based on statutory or regulatory authority or law, do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. Such guidance documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or HUD policies. The information is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual or entity. Please refer to relevant laws and regulations and/or your own legal advisor before taking any action based on information appearing on this site or any site to which it may be linked. Some materials have been translated into languages other than English; slight variations may have resulted from the translation.

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