Join Us for Human Rights Day!

Celebrate with the Seattle Human Rights Commission on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 6 pm for the annual Human Rights Day virtual event. In collaboration with Town Hall Seattle, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and Human Rights Day planning partners and sponsors, we welcome you to join us to amplify and advocate for human rights in the region.

The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme is Overcoming Hate: Reflections on Healing Post-9/11. The guest speakers for this event include Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa; Tracy Lai, Vice President of AFT – Washington; Rais Bhuiyan, Founder & President of World Without Hate; and more.

This event is accessible, including an ASL interpreter. Information about Seattle Human Rights Day is available in other formats on request.

Human Rights Day commemorates the anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948.


2021 Human Rights Awards

As part of the Human Rights Day event, the Seattle Human Rights Commission will announce the 2021 Human Rights Awards for local individuals, organizations, and coalitions. Submit your nominations for the 2021 Human Rights Awards by November 20, 2021.

Every year the Seattle Human Rights Day celebration recognizes Seattle’s exceptional human rights leaders. Please help us identify those leaders by nominating individuals, organizations, and coalitions that have advanced human rights locally, nationally, or globally.

Award Categories:

  • Human rights leader (individual)
  • Human rights organization
  • Human rights coalition

Awardee selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing human rights.
  • Works for racial and social justice.
  • Provides courageous leadership.
  • Develops innovative programs advancing human rights.
  • Supports equal opportunities and workplaces free from discrimination.

Past award recipients have included The Colectivo de Detenidos, Marcus Harrison Green, Garfield High School’s Black Student Union, Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Choose 180, and Nikkita Oliver.

Please contact Marta Idowu, Commission Liaison, to request an accommodation or for any other questions about the event and awards.