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About the Department of Racial and Social Justice

The Department of Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) leads the City of Somerville’s equity efforts and collaborates with city departments, constituents, and stakeholders to eliminate the institutional and structural systems that create racial inequities, social disparities, and injustices.

Contact Information
Denise Molina Capers, Esq.
Director of Racial and Social Justice

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The City of Somerville is committed to eliminating institutional and structural racism and its intersections with other forms of oppression. The work of the RSJ Department has prioritized five key areas:

Accessibility Services & ADA Compliance

The City's ADA Division, which leads and manages the City in policy-setting, coordination, and training for ADA compliance, and proactively ensures the City's programs and services are compliant with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable state and local disability rights laws. This division also acts as the City staff liaison to the Commission for Persons with Disabilities and key City staff.


The RSJ Department oversees and supports the work of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Somerville Commission for Women (SCW) through staff attendance and participation in monthly meetings, activities, and events. Any questions on these commissions should be directed to Steven Flythe, Deputy Director at, or (781) 808-7502.

Get Involved & Stay Informed

1) Contact us: Text the RSJ Department at 781-808-7502 or email

2) Sign up for the City Newsletter for announcements and updates.


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