Salem Human Rights and Relations
The Salem Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission (HRRAC) was created in 1967. It has worked for over 40 years to address questions and complaints of discrimination and to serve as a resource regarding human rights and relations.
The Commission has 15 members (including 14 adult members of the community and one youth member) appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Salem City Council for a three-year term. The HRRAC derives its power and authority from the Chapter 8 (pdf document) of the City Code. This ordinance states the general powers and duties of the HRRAC.
The HRRAC works with individuals and groups to identify and address sources of tension in the community. It responds to complaints and works to find peaceful solutions to conflict by addressing issues that affect all sectors of the population. In addition, the HRRAC strives to form partnerships and networks on a widespread basis on the state, regional, national and international level.
The philosophy of the Commission is to solve complaints through conciliation, advocacy, and mediation rather than litigation. The goal of the HRRAC is to work with individuals and groups to use education and communication to eliminate the causes of discrimination in our community.
The Mayor/City Manager's Office and the Salem Police Department each have a staff liaison. The liaisons provide services to people in Salem with concerns of discrimination in the areas of: race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and source of income.
Have you experienced discrimination? The Human Rights Commission may be able to help. Persons in Salem may contact the Commission to file a complaint, talk about concerns, receive information and referral, or other conciliatory services. The following resource directory provides information about organizations who provide assistance with concerns of discrimination.
The City of Salem Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission does not endorse, recommend, or evaluate resources, programs, providers, or services. In the table below, the City of Salem cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided nor the quality of the services provided by these organizations.