COUNTY OF SONOMA
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
MISSION STATEMENT: The primary purpose of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is to promote better human relations among all people in Sonoma County through education, advocacy, and by initiating action that fosters the recognition of and appreciation for the diversity of our community.
ROLE OF COMMISSION:
• Develop and strengthen ties among organizations working in the area of human rights.
• Study any conditions that present prejudice or discrimination against protected classes.
• Work to prevent discrimination by developing educational materials and programs to promote equal rights, understanding, inclusiveness and tolerance (based on the UNESCO’s definition)*.
• Consult with and refer to the Board of Supervisors, federal, state and other governmental authorities any matters, disputes or controversies within their jurisdiction.
• Advocate for policy at local, state, and federal levels to promote equal rights, acceptance, understanding and inclusiveness.
• Make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on procedures, programs or policies that promote equal rights and an appreciation of human diversity.
• Provide information and referral resources on human rights issues to members of the community.
• Foster open communication about human rights issues within Sonoma County.
* UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) defines “tolerance” as “respect, acceptance, and appreciation for the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty; it is also a political and legal right.