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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 1964 by the City Council to respond to concerns of the treatment of minority residents of Salem. It has worked for over 40 years to ensure that Salem is a safe and supportive community for all who live, work and visit here.

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 citizens and groups to use education and action to eliminate the causes of discrimination in our community.

 

 
Human Rights and Relations
Mayor/City Manager's Office
555 Liberty St SE - Room 220
Salem OR 97301-3503                        
PH: 503-540-2371                    
FAX: 503-588-6354

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