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Sonja Darai, Commissions Director

City Hall Annex
50 Evergreen Avenue
Somerville, MA 02145

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Phone: 617-625-6600 ext. 2406
Fax: 617-629-3040
TTY: . 1-866-808-4851


Human Rights Commission

human rightsThe Human Rights Commission works to protect and preserve the constitutional, civil, and human rights of all people in the City of Somerville.  The Commission aims to eliminate unlawful discrimination and to provide education about human rights issues in our City, and works with diverse individuals and groups to promote tolerance and mutual respect.    

The Human Rights Commission:

  • investigates complaints of unlawful treatment, harassment or discrimination 
  • promotes public awareness of human rights issues through educational activities 
  • provides information to the public about civil rights  
  • cooperates with community agencies representing various socioeconomic and ethnic groups in advocating for the human rights of their constituents  
  • coordinates with other municipal departments to increase compliance with pertinent local, state, and federal laws  
  • works to raise the level of awareness and sensitivity to human rights issues  throughout city government

Monthly HRC Meetings  

The Human Rights Commission meets every fourth Thursday of every month at the Cross Street Center (165 Broadway, East Somerville).  Here is a link for the agendas and minutes at www.somervillema.gov/government/public-minutes.  You may contact 311 during inclement weather to confirm the meeting has not been canceled.

Applications for commissioner are now being accepted.  Please contact the Office of Somerville Commissions for more information and attend the next monthly meeting of the Human Rights Commission.

The Human Rights Commission can be reached care of the:


Office of Somerville Commission
Program of the Somerville Health Department
City of Somerville, City Hall Annex, 50 Evergreen Avenue, Somerville, MA  02145
Voice:  617-625-6600, x2400      
Fax:      617-629-3040
TTY:      1-866-808-4851                   
Email:      HumanRightsatsomervillema [dot] gov
Online:    www.Facebook.com/SomervilleCommissions
Web:       www.somervillema.gov/departments/health/somerville-commissions/hrc
Blog:       http://somercommissions.blogspot.com