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Human Resources Department

Commission on Human Rights

Mission Statement and What We Do

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The County of Sonoma Commission on Human Rights provides leadership, education, and advocacy to ensure all members of our community, especially those among us who are marginalized, disadvantaged, or whose rights are being violated, enjoy the full range of human rights to which every person is entitled.


In the fulfillment of our mission, we are committed to:

Promoting better human relations among all residents of Sonoma County by fostering the recognition and appreciation for the vibrant diversity of our community.

Creating awareness of human rights issues faced by members of our communities; working in partnership with community organizations and County agencies by means of media campaigns, educational programs and training;

Advocating for policy changes necessary to better protect human rights at the local, state, and federal levels by investigating issues raised by our community; commenting on and, where appropriate, drafting policies for consideration by lawmakers and/or regulatory bodies, and regularly reporting to the Board of Supervisors on the state of human rights in the County.

Recognizing that the key to the success of the Commission in successfully achieving its mission will be the development of consistent and credible working relationships with key members of the community, including policy makers, policy enforcement, the media, community organizations, and the general public.


The County of Sonoma Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was established in 1993 to promote better human relations between all people in Sonoma County. We are advisors to the Board of Supervisors on areas that impact the human rights of members of our community.

The basis for our work is the International Declaration of Human Rights established by the United Nations in 1948. It comprises the worldwide standard of Human Rights for all people on earth.