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Office of Equity and Human Rights

Realizing Equity. Enhancing the City of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-4433

Fax: 503-823-4420

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Human Rights Commission

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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.

Restructure Period Outcomes Statement

During the recent restructure period of the Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC), an ad hoc committee of HRC commissioners worked regularly over the past three months to evaluate and improve the Commission’s organizational structure and processes.

Charged with advising City leaders on human rights issues, one of the goals of the committee was to elevate engagement with City elected officials while maintaining HRC’s commitment to community priorities.

The outcomes of the restructure period will be the main topic of the commission’s September 7th general meeting.

The major areas addressed by the committee have included:

    • HRC member capacity

    • Organization of the commission’s strategic areas of focus

    • Information-gathering process for commission priorities

    • Strengthening engagement with City leaders and community members

Please join the Commission at its September public meeting to learn more about the work of the Portland Human Rights Commission.

The next full commission meeting will be held on:


Wednesday, September 7th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Office of Equity and Human Rights

421 SW 6th Ave., Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204


Proposed Meeting Agenda

We look forward to coming together again in September and hope to see community there!


For more information, please contact Tatiana Elejalde at


All meetings are open to the public. If you have questions or comments for the Human Rights Commission, 15 minutes of the agenda are reserved for public comment. To comment, please sign-up at the meeting and share your thoughts with us. 


 Human Rights Commissioners

Chabre Vickers, Chair

Audrey Alverson, Vice Chair

Daniel Franco-Nuñez

Theresa Soto

Alisha Zhao

Allan Lazo

Ashley Horne

Deyalo Bennette



Human Rights Commissioners are appointed by the Portland City Council and are volunteers who work without compensation. They can be contacted through the Office of Equity and Human Rights at 503.823.4433 or email.


In compliance with Civil Rights laws, it is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any City program, service, or activity on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or disability. To help ensure equal access to City programs, services, and activities, the City of Portland reasonably provides: translation and interpretation services, modifications, accommodations, auxiliary aides and services, and alternative format.  For these services, complaints, and additional information, contact 503-823-4433, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.



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