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Commission on Human Rights

The Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was established in 1993 to promote better human relations between all people in Sonoma County through education, advocacy, and by initiating action that fosters the recognition of and appreciation for the diversity in our community.

Information on the Commission is provided below. You can also contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Division at (707) 565-2693 or via e-mail at chr@sonoma-county.org.

What are the Commission’s goals, projects and activities?

  • Junior Commission Project 2014-2015 The Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights will be accepting applications February 1 through April 15, 2014 for the Junior Commission Project term that runs September 2014 through June 2015. The Junior Commission is open to all Sonoma County teenagers between 14 and 18 years of age. The program is overseen and sponsored by members of the adult Commission. Please see the Junior Commission Information (PDF: 36kB) and the Junior Commission Application (PDF: 36kB). Selected candidates will be notified for interviews by May 1, 2014.
  • Sonoma CounterPoints: Human Trafficking: (PDF: 780kB) On Saturday, October 5, 2013, the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights did host a forum on the devastating issue of Human Trafficking. An estimated 21 million people worldwide are exploited in conditions of modern slavery according to the UN. The average age of entry into forced prostitution is 12-14 years old, and it is happening right here in our backyard.
  • Sonoma CounterPoints: Immigration (PDF: 780 kB), was a panel discussion which focuses on one of the hottest issues in our county and our nation - Immigration. Six panelists with very different views on the subject were discussing topics such as the DREAM act, undocumented workers and border security.
  • Community Forum Event, Saturday, May 12, 2012, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (PDF: 1.0 MB) — Lynn Woolsey and panelists were be present to speak at the Friedman Center Santa Rosa. The focus was on issues affecting the local economy.
  • The CHR 2012-2014 Biennial Work Plan that describes the Commission’s current objectives and projects.

When and where does the Commission meet?

The Commission holds its regular meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month, beginning at 5:30 PM at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.

Commission on Human Rights

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How is the Commission organized?

The Commission is comprised of 15 members; 3 from each supervisorial district. The Commission’s structure of Liaisons, Coordinators, and Ad Hoc Committees allows it work effectively in accomplishing its goals.

Who is on the Commission?

The Roster is the current listing of Commissioners. Updated July 7, 2014

  • Commissioners are appointed by their respective Supervisor and serve for a 2-year term. Commissioners are expected to attend monthly Commission meetings and work on at least one Commission project.
  • Volunteers are members of the public who work with the Commission in several ways. You can assist Commissioners at an event, help share information about the Commission’s work at an exhibition, or support one of CHR’s projects. For more information about volunteering please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Division at (707) 565-2693 or via e-mail at chr@sonoma-county.org.

What resources are available through the Commission?

The Commission has developed a number of brochures and other information to help promote better human relations in Sonoma County. Here are a few:

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