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The Seattle Human Rights Commission was established in 1963 to advocate for justice and equal opportunity, to advise the City of Seattle on human rights issues and to collaborate with public and private sectors in order to educate them on methods to prevent and eliminate discrimination city-wide.

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Seattle Human Rights Commissioners, staff, and Mayor Mike McGinn at the Race & Social Justice Initiative community outreach meeting at Rainier Community Center, November 2011. L-R Mariah Ortiz, Mayor Mike McGinn, Merri Ann Osborne, Andrea Negrete, Chris Stearns, Felicia Yearwood

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Resolution # 12-01: Support for Police Reform
- Adopted by the Seattle Human Rights Commission on June 7, 2012.

Report on Police Accountability and Recommendations - January 8, 2012

Resolution # 11-01: Support for Washington Marriage Equality Law
- Adopted by the Seattle Human Rights Commission on December 1, 2011.

Possible protections to end discrimination in housing and employment based on arrest / conviction record

Public safety concerns all of us. Currently, when people have done their time and leave prison, it is often difficult to find housing and employment. Adding protections to end discrimination in housing and employment based on arrest or conviction records is one strategy to help support people's re-entry, and to decrease the likelihood of re-offending. The proposal would amend the City's current anti-discrimination laws to limit the ways an employer or housing provider can use arrest or conviction records when deciding to hire, fire, promote or take other employment actions, or when deciding to rent, evict or take other housing actions.

The Human Rights Commission consists of 15 representative citizens of Seattle appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments in matters affecting human rights. Seven commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, and seven appointments are made by the City Council. The Commission appoints the 15th member. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. It is a goal of the Commission to recruit people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The current Commission has representation from the African American, Asian, Caucasian, Gay & Lesbian, Hispanic, Native American, and Disability communities. Commissioners are required to live within the Seattle city limits.

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights provides staff and support to the Commission.