The Seattle Human Rights Commission works with the Director of the Office for Civil Rights to end discrimination based upon race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, political ideology, ancestry, age, marital and parental status, disability, Section 8, and retaliation.


The Office for Civil Rights conducts appeals and holds hearings to identify and deal with acts of discrimination and assist in resolving racial tensions in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations.

The Seattle Human Rights Commission consists of 22 representative residents of Seattle appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments.

Commissioners are appointed to a two-year term and serve without pay. The 22nd member joins the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for 18-29 year olds.

Commission Liaison

Marta Idowu

Phone: (206) 684-4540