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The Human Rights Commission works to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen inter-group relationships and to foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the City of Portland. In doing so, the Commission is guided by the principles embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Next Human Rights Commission Meeting:
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 4:00 - 6:30pm
Location: Office of Equity and Human Rights Suite 500 Portland, OR 97204
Proposed Agenda (Click Here)
The commission ordinarily meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at 4-6:30pm at the Office of Equity & Human Rights - 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204 (click for map).
Occassionally, Commission sessions are in community locations. All sessions are open to the public. If you have questions or comments for your Human Rights Commission, 15 minutes of the agenda are reserved for public comment. So please, join us and share your thoughts.
The Office of Equity and Human Rights validates parking for all community members attending Human Rights Commission sessions. Please use only the Star Park Garage, located just one block south from the Office on SW Alder St between SW Broadway and SW 6th Ave. Entrance to the garage is on SW Alder.
PORTLAND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONERS
Kyle Busse, Chair
Damon Isiah Turner, Vice Chair
Moloy K. Good
Donna D. Maxey
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION Committees:
Community and Police Relations Committee (CPRC): brings together members of Portland’s diverse communities and its police officers to improve community and police relations, further an authentic community policing culture, and promote dignity, understanding and respect in police and community interactions. This committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 4:30-6:30pm at different venues around Portland. CPRC sessions are FREE and open to the public. The final 15 minutes of each meeting are reserved for public comment.
Committee for Inter-Group Understanding (CIGU): Inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s lifelong work on reconciling communities, the Committee for Inter-Group Understanding works to build peace and understanding among groups that have had deeply rooted conflict and honors the need for healing around the historic and current harms of injustice and oppression. This committee is chaired by Commissioner Emily Gottfried and meets the 4th Monday of every month at 5-7 p.m. at the Office of Human Relations - Office of Equity & Human Rights - 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. These meetings are FREE and open to the public. The final 15 minutes of each meeting are reserved for public comment.
Public Policy Committee
Housing Rights Task Force
Human Trafficking Task Force Promotes public awareness of human trafficking; Provides best-practices training to civic activists and engaged professionals; Connects victims to critical services; Coordinates and improves support services for human trafficking survivors; Investigates trafficking cases and assists the aggressive State of Oregon prosecution of human traffickers; Provides research to the US Department of Justice on the scope of human trafficking and the sufficiency of government response.
Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force members include representatives from: Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries; Catholic Charities, Outreach and Support to Special Immigrant Populations; Cares Northwest; Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Child Abuse Team; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Janus Youth; Internal Revenue Service; Lifeworks NW, New Options for Women; Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office; Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office; Multnomah County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Program; Portland Police Bureau; Salvation Army, White Shield Center; Sexual Assault Resource Center, and the Portland Human Rights Commission.
Executive Committee: The Chair and Vice Chair of the commission along with the chairs of all ongoing sub-committees meet to plan and discuss the work of the Human Rights Commission. These meetings are closed to the public.
Human Rights Commissioners are appointed by the Portland City Council
Commissioners are volunteers who work without compensation. They can be contacted through the Office of Equity and Human Rights.
Unless otherwise stated, all Human Rights Commission meetings are held at the wheelchair accessible Office of Equity and Human Rights - 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204
For more information about meetings and logistics, please contact
Jeff Selby at (503) 823-2173 or firstname.lastname@example.org