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Salem Human Rights and Relations

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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.

 

 

 Age

DescriptionFilterContactFilter
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Provides information.  Receives complaints related to housing discrimination.  Investigates complaints as appropriate. 
503-223-8197 ext. 2 or 1-800-424-3247 ext. 2
Information for housing consumers
NW Senior and Disability Services
Resources for reporting concerns of adult abuse. 
Prevention of elder abuse tools.
503-304-3400
TTY:  503-370-4307
Help with elder abuse concerns
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Provides information, receives complaints, investigates complaints as appropriate.
English:  971-673-0764
Español:  971-673-2818
BOLI Civil Rights Division
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Receives filings of charges of discrimination in employment.  As appropriate connects to mediation.  As appropriate conducts investigations. 
1-800-669-4000
TTY:  1-800-669-6820
ASL Video Phone:  1-844-234-5122
Email:  info@eeoc.gov
 
Filing a charge of discrimination

 Disability, Mental or Physical

DescriptionFilterContactFilter
Disability Rights Oregon
Provides assistance with legal matters related to disabilities in Oregon. 
503-243-2081 or 1-800-452-1694
TTY users:  dial 711
Intake Form
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Provides information, receives complaints related to housing discrimination.  Investigates complaints as appropriate.
503-223-8197 ext. 2 or 1-800-424-3247 ext. 2
Information for housing consumers
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Provides information, receives complaints, investigates complaints as appropriate
English:  971-673-0764
Español:  971-*673-2818
BOLI Civil Rights Division
Oregon State Bar
Information is provided related to employment, transportation, public services, education and other topics.  Lawyer referral service available.
503-620-0222 or inside Oregon 1-800-452-8260
 
Disabilities and discrimination information
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Receives filings of charges of discrimination in employment.  As appropriate connects to mediation.  As appropriate conducts investigations.
1-800-669-4000
TTY:  1-800-669-6820
ASL Video Phone:  1-844-234-5122
Email:  info@eeoc.gov
 
Filing a charge of discrimination

 Gender Identity

DescriptionFilterContactFilter
American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon
Receives requests for help related to transgender discrimination.  In some cases provides legal assistance.
503-227-3186
 
Transgender discrimination report form
Basic Rights Oregon
Assistance with navigating policies.  Information and referral.
Telephone:  503-222-6151
Transgender resource information
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Provides information, receives complaints related to housing discrimination, conducts investigations as appropriate.
503-223-8197 ext. 2 or 1-800-424-3247 ext. 2
Information for housing consumers
Lambda Legal
Provides information and resources regarding legal questions.  Accepts some cases.
1-866-542-8336
Legal Help Desk
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Provides information, receives complaints, investigates complaints as appropriate. 
English:  971-673-0764
Español:  971-673-2818
 
BOLI Civil Rights Division
Oregon State Bar
Information related to employment rights.  Provides lawyer referral service.
503-620-0222 or inside Oregon at 1-800-452-8260
Employment rights information
Salem Transgender Network
Peer support and local referrals for people who are transgendered.
Online resource only
Salem Transgender Network
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Receives filings of charges of discrimination in employment.  As appropriate connects to mediation.  As appropriate conducts investigations. 
1-800-669-4000
TTY:  1-800-669-6820
ASL Video Phone:  1-844-234-5122
Email:  info@eeoc.gov
 
Filing a charge of discrimination

 Marital/Familial Status

DescriptionFilterContactFilter
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Provides information, receives complaints related to housing discrimination, investigates complaints as appropriate.
503-223-8197 ext. 2 or 1-800-424-3247 ext. 2
Information for housing consumers
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Provides information, receives complaints, investigates complaints as appropriate.
English:  971-673-0764
Español:  971-673-2818
 
BOLI Civil Rights Division

 Race/Color/National Origin

DescriptionFilterContactFilter
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Provides information, receives complaints related to housing discrimination, conducts investigations as appropriate.
503-223-8197 ext. 2 or 1-800-424-3247 ext. 2
Information for housing consumers
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Provides information, receives complaints, investigates complaints as appropriate.
English:  971-673-0764
Español:  971-673-2818
 
BOLI Civil Rights Division
Salem Keizer Chapter NAACP
Receives grievances related to discrimination.  Conducts investigations. 
503-877-4045
 
Electronic contact form
U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission
Receives filings of charges of discrimination in employment.  As appropriate connects to mediation.  As appropriate conducts investigations. 
1-800-669-4000
TTY:  1-800-669-6820
ASL Video Phone:  1-844-234-5122
Email:  info@eeoc.gov
Filing a Charge of Discrimination

 Religion

DescriptionFilterContactFilter
American Civil Liberties Union
Receives requests for legal assistance related to religious discrimination.
Telephone:  503-227-3186
 
Requesting assistance with religious discrimination
Anti-Defamation League
Receives reports of anti-sematic activity.
Provides religious discrimination resources.
Telephone:  212-885-7700
Report form for anti-semetic activity
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Provides information, receives complaints related to housing discrimination, conducts investigations as appropriate.
503-223-8197 ext. 2 or 1-800-424-3247 ext. 2
Information for housing consumers
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Provides information, receives complaints, investigates complaints as appropriate.
English:  971-673-0764
Español:  971-673-2818
BOLI Civil Rights Division
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Receives filings of charges of discrimination in employment.  As appropriate connects to mediation.  As appropriate conducts investigations.
1-800-669-4000
TTY:  1-800-669-6820
ASL Video Phone:  1-844-234-5122
Email:  info@eeoc.gov
Filing a Charge of Discrimination

 Sex

DescriptionFilterContactFilter
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Provides information, receives complaints related to housing discrimination, conducts investigations as appropriate.
503-223-8197 ext. 2 or 1-800-424-3247 ext. 2
Information for housing consumers
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Provides information, receives complaints, investigates complaints as appropriate.
English:  971-673-0764
Español:  971-673-2818
BOLI Civil Rights Division
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Receives filings of charges of discrimination in employment.  As appropriate connects to mediation.  As appropriate conducts investigations.
1-800-669-4000
TTY:  1-800-669-6820
ASL Video Phone:  1-844-234-5122
Email:  info@eeoc.gov
Filing a charge of discrimination

 Sexual Orientation

DescriptionFilterContactFilter
Basic Rights Oregon
Assistance with navigating policies.  Information and referral
Telephone:  503-222-6151
Basic Rights Oregon home page
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Provides information, receives complaints related to housing discrimination, conducts investigations as appropriate.
503-223-8197 ext. 2 or 1-800-424-3247 ext. 2
Information for housing consumers
Lambda Legal
Provides information and resources regarding legal questions.  Accepts some cases. 
1-866-542-8336
Legal Help Desk
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Provides information, receives complaints, investigates complaints as appropriate.
English:  971-673-0764
Español:  971-673-2818
BOLI Civil Rights Division
Oregon State Bar
Information related to employment rights.  Lawyer referral services available.
503-620-0222 or in Oregon 1-800-452-8260
Employment rights information
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Receives filings of charges of discrimination in employment.  As appropriate connects to mediation.  As appropriate conducts investigations. 
1-800-669-4000
TTY:  1-800-669-6820
ASL Video Phone:  1-844-234-5122
Email:  info@eeoc.gov
 
Filing a charge of discrimination

 Source of Income

DescriptionFilterContactFilter
Equal Rights Center
Coordinates a "source of income" initiative.
Receives complaints of concerns of discrimination.
866-719-4372
Initiative and complaint information
Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Provides information, receives complaints related to housing discrimination, conducts investigations as appropriate.
503-223-8197 ext. 2 or 1-800-424-3247 ext. 2
Information for housing consumers
National Housing Law Project
Provides resident engagement groups, attorney resource network, and other resources.
415-546-7000
Resource options available
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Provides information, receives complaints, investigates complaints as appropriate.
English:  971-673-0764
Español:  971-673-2818
BOLI Civil Rights Division
     

Additional Resources: 

 
Gretchen Bennett
Human Rights and Relations
Mayor/City Manager's Office
555 Liberty St SE - Room 220
Salem OR 97301-3503                        
PH: 503-540-2371                    
Lt. Keith Blair, Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St. SE - Room 130 Salem, OR  97301-3513
PH:  503-588-6050
 
Email:  humanrights@cityofsalem.net

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