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Seattle Human Rights Commission asks for real budget allocations to begin to address homelessness

By Seattle Human Rights Commission The following letter was transmitted to the Seattle City Council and King County Council. Seattle, and King County generally, has suffered from a houselessness problem for decades. The houseless population is skyrocketing, and this phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down. The deluge of newly… [ Keep reading ]

New report shows charging youth as adults in the legal system presents human rights violations

By Seattle Human Rights Commission As a part of its 2021 Fellowship Program, the Seattle Human Rights Commission (SHRC) designated a team of fellows from the University of Washington – Vitoria Faustino, Katherine Lin, and Sarah Miller – to examine the practice and resulting consequences of charging youth as adults… [ Keep reading ]

New report from Seattle Human Rights Commission highlights support for survivors of human trafficking

By Seattle Human Rights Commission As a part of its 2021 Fellowship program, Seattle Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Fellows Meagan King, Kendrick Lu, and Roshni Sinha (“The Human Trafficking Team”) examined human trafficking in the region. The team spent thousands of hours speaking to service providers, legislators, and survivors of… [ Keep reading ]

New report looks at Seattle’s self-designation as a Human Rights City

By the Seattle Human Rights Commission Fellows for the Seattle Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Claire Paiement, Hank Elmajian, Hannah Elzig, and Adam Aley spent the first six months of 2021 delving into the history, concept, and lived experience of human rights and human rights cities. Given Seattle’s self-designation as a… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Human Rights Commission pilots Fellowship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 21, 2021 CONTACT: Co-Chair Ty Grandison, Commissioner Claire Guilmette, Commissioner Robel Mulugeta In November of 2020, the leadership team of the Seattle Human Rights Commission piloted a Fellowship program to accelerate progress on core local human rights issues, deepen connection to community, and foster the next… [ Keep reading ]

Join the Renters Rights Forum presented by the City of Seattle’s 5-Commissions

The Washington State eviction moratorium is due to expire on June 30, 2021. In April, the State Senate unsuccessfully attempted to block the house amendment to SB5160 mandating the moratorium’s end. As a result, thousands of households that are behind on rent are facing possible eviction on July 1. It… [ Keep reading ]

What Women’s Health Week means to us

By Seattle Women’s Commission As we find ourselves in the center of National Women’s Health Week, we reflect on the difficulty of this past year in not only our physical health, but also our mental health. With this week falling into the space of Mental Health Awareness month, it’s made… [ Keep reading ]

Commissions request public hearing into SPD and SPOG

In a letter to the Seattle City Council, Mayor jenny Durkan, and the Office of Civil Rights (available here), the Seattle LGBTQ Commission and the Seattle Human Rights Commission urge city officials to use their authority under Article IV, Section 4 of the Seattle City Charter to “compel” witnesses in… [ Keep reading ]

2020 Human Rights Awards Winners: Celebrating Human Rights Day

Across the globe, Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on December 10th because on December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the first global articulation of human rights. On July 22, 1963, twenty-two (22) activists from ages 13 to 22 occupied… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Human Rights Commission supports community-driven homelessness solutions

The Seattle Human Rights Commission consists of 21 representative residents of Seattle appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and City departments on human rights issues including unsheltered individuals. Currently, City-funded homeless outreach is decentralized, and there is no system… [ Keep reading ]