Joseph Onwu

Discriminatory Harassment Investigator, New York City Commission on Human Rights

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Joseph Ugochukwu Onwu is a Discriminatory Harassment Investigator at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, where he is a lead investigator on bias incidents related to protected classes under the New York City Human Rights Law. Previously, he served as a Senior Legal Analyst at the office of New York State Attorney General where he worked alongside Assistant Attorneys General on confidential investigations, litigations, and settlements under the New York State False Claims Act initiated by the office or brought to the office by qui tam relators (whistleblowers). Joseph earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science--including History, English, and Philosophy minors--from CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he was elected Student Government President and Freshman Representative and graduated with honors for outstanding academic achievement. Joseph is passionate about social justice. He is a product of New York City’s public school system, having graduated from Middle School 180 and John F. Kennedy High School, and resides in the Bronx with his wife and two daughters. As an active and a committed member of his community, Joseph is an appointed member of the Bronx Community Board 10 and serves on the Economic Development and Youth & Education Committees. Joseph is a fan of Afrobeat music, and enjoys playing and watching basketball games. Joseph loves to volunteer for social causes in his spare time.

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