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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

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

  • LGBTQI Task Force
    Over the coming 3-4 months, the LGBTQI Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights will be gathering information through surveys, interviews and group meetings on the state of the LGBTQI community in Sonoma County.

    The LGBTQI Task Force is enlisting the assistance of people from all segments of the LGBTQI community and the agencies and organizations that serve them. We will be counting on the participation of as many people as possible in order to develop recommendations for making Sonoma County truly inclusive for everyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or intersex. The more people who complete the survey, the better information we will have to make recommendations that are meaningful and will serve the entire community.  

    The survey is available in English and Spanish at the following links:

    LGBTQI Grupo de Trabajo
    Durante los siguientes 3-4 meses, el LGBTQI Grupo de Trabajo de Sonoma County, Commission on Human Rights (Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Sonoma County) estará recopilando información por medio de encuestas, entrevistas y juntas de grupo del estado de la comunidad LGBTQI en el Condado de Sonoma.

    El LGBTQI Grupo de Trabajo esta enlistando la asistencia de gente de todos segmentos de la comunidad LGBTQI y las agencias y organizaciones quien los atiende.  Estaremos contando con la participación de la máxima cantidad de personas posible para desarrollar recomendaciones para hacer el Condado de Sonoma verdaderamente inclusivo para todos quienes se identifican como lesbiana, homosexual, bisexual, transgénero, queer (marica) y/o intersexual. Con más cantidad de gente que complete la encuesta, tendremos la mejor información para hacer recomendaciones que tengan significado y le sirvan / atiendan a toda la comunidad.

    La encuesta está disponible en Inglés y Español en los siguientes enlaces:

  • Junior Commission Project 2015-2016 The Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights will be accepting applications through May 15, 2015 for the Junior Commissioner Project term that runs September 2015 through June 2016. 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 theSelected candidates will be notified for interviews by May 18, 2015. Interviews will take place the last two weeks of May and the first week of June.
  • 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 November 12, 2015

  • 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

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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