About Us

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) works to advance civil rights and end barriers to equity. We enforce laws against illegal discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting within Seattle city limits. We also lead the Race and Social Justice Initiative, a citywide effort to end institutional racism in City government and to achieve racial equity across our community.

Our Vision

A city of thriving and powerful communities that fosters shared healing and belonging.

Our Accountability Statement

To provide leadership in upholding civil rights and advance racial equity in the City of Seattle.

Our Values

We lead with compassion and center one another’s humanity. We recognize that we each hold intersecting identities. We work to always see the whole person as we create an inclusive world.

We take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable to the communities we serve and the City we represent.

We act with integrity, which requires honesty, truthfulness, and transparency to build enduring relationships.

We recognize the importance of imagination to envision a future where everyone can thrive. Progress demands boldness and we will use imagination to build equity.

We strive to create space for people to bring their authentic self, because a fully inclusive, equitable, and thriving city is one where everyone belongs.

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