Kitsap County Council for Human Rights

Vision

Kitsap County shall be a caring, supportive, and safe community for everyone that values each individual, celebrates individual differences, and recognizes the importance of each person's contribution. 


Mission 

  > To advise county government and the Kitsap County community on issues related to discrimination, violence and harassment based on race or national origin, religion, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or economic status, and

  > To promote equitable treatment of all people and reduce prejudice through education, resource referrals, and advocacy.

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News & Announcements

Linda Gabriel Human Rights Awards

The 2023 recipients of the Linda Gabriel Human Rights Awards were announced! Read the press release with details! Congratulations to everyone and thank you for the vital work you do in our communities!

The Linda Gabriel Human Rights Awards recognize people in our communities who have made significant contributions and are committed to advancing and promoting human rights for all. The awards are named in honor of Linda Gabriel, a founder of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, who passed away in 2014. 

For a complete list of past recipients, please click here.

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Applications are open to serve on the Council for Human Rights. We're adding two NEW youth positions. Details and the online application are at kcowa.us/advisorygroups.

Sign up to receive Council updates and information through the county's electronic notification system.


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Past Statements & Open Letters

Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

The Council for Human Rights organized an annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights each December for 32 consecutive years through 2022 to coincide with International Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on December 10 — the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The conference will not be held in 2024 as the council is focusing on expanding its outreach into the community by participating in other events, hosting spring and fall forums, attending community meetings, and supporting individuals and organizations in responding to racism and hate crime incidents and advocating for equity and inclusion. 

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Council for Human Rights Meetings

The Council for Human Rights regularly meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle's Nest at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. A virtual option is also available to the public via Zoom. 
Click here to join the Zoom meetingTo join by phone, dial 253-215-8782 and enter the meeting ID number: 860 3956 6803

Public Comments

For members of the public wishing to comment during designated public comment, the following options are available. Each member of the public is limited to two minutes of Internet, call-in, or written comments. At the discretion of the meeting Chair, public comment that is overly repetitive or inappropriate (vulgar, disruptive, etc.) will be ended. 

Internet Users
Please click on the raise hand feature. The sound will be unmuted, and the Internet participant should announce her or his name.  The participant will be called upon to speak at the appropriate time.

Call-In Users
Callers will be unmuted one at a time and asked whether the caller wishes to offer public comment.  The last four digits of the call-in number will be announced, and call-in participants should announce their First and Last name before speaking.

Written Comments
Written comments will be read during the public comment period if submitted to rpirtle@kitsap.gov by 12 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Comments read are limited to two minutes. To ensure written public comments are read at the proper meeting, written statement should include: the date of the meeting the written comments are intended for; participant's First and Last Name and whether they live in Kitsap County; and agenda Item and/or subject the written comments refer to.


​2023 Work Plan

Council for Human Rights 2023 Work Plan

​2024 Agendas / Minutes

​January 21 (Annual Retreat)
​February 20

​2023 Agendas / Minutes 

​January 14 (Annual Retreat)
​February 21
​March 7 - Special Meeting
​March 21
April 18
May 16
​June 18
​July 18
August 15
September 19
​October 4 - Special meeting
October 17
​November 14 - Special meeting - Link to join via Zoom included on the Agenda
​December - No meeting - Council will be attending the County Commissioners' business meeting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 to present the Linda Gabriel Awards.

​Members

​Representative

​Position

​Term Ending

Melisa Wight
District 1
12/31/26
Barbara Dennis
​District 112/31/26
Jeffrey Hora
​District 1
12/31/26
VACANT
​District 1

VACANT
​District 2

Rochelle Karlsen
​District 2
12/31/25
Jim Manlove
​District 2
12/31/25
Erika Anderson
​District 2
12/31/26
Cris Amburgey
​District 3
​12/31/24
Shannae Peters
​District 3
12/31/26
Elizabeth Holmes
​District 3
12/31/24
Kirsten Dahlquist
District 3
12/31/25
Augustine Lujan
​At-Large
12/31/25
Nicola D'Anella
​At-Large
​12/31/26
VACANT
​At-Large

​**NEW**
​Youth Position 
​One-Year Term
​**NEW**
​Youth Position
​One-Year Term

 Resources

Submit information about issues concerning discrimination, violence and harassment

The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights created a form for the public to inform us about issues concerning discrimination, violence and harassment.

The Council for Human Rights is not an investigative body and has no authority to initiate any specific interventions into issues reported to the Council. 

However, information submitted can serve to improve the Council's community outreach, education, promotion of diversity, inclusion, equity and efforts to eliminate racist, sexist and religious bigotry. This helps us collect data regarding incidents in Kitsap County and further our mission to advise and educate our community. 

SUBMIT INFORMATION HERE


Reporting Incidents & Complaints

Discrimination Complaints

The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights principal role is educational. It has no authority to investigate and make findings in a discrimination case. 

Hate Crimes & Bias Incidents

How to report a hate crime.

Learn how the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office responds to Hate Crimes.

10 Ways to Fight Hate from the Poverty Law Center

Rental Complaints

To file a complaint related to housing, including rentals, contact the Fair Housing Center of Washington at https://www.hum.wa.gov/fair-housing

Healthcare Agencies & Facilities Complaints

Contact the Washington Department of Health at its facility complaint website

Sexual Exploitation or Trafficking

Survivor Support Hotline & Services including crisis support, education, tools and resources at 360-362-5143 or help@scarletroad.org .
Drop-in support center (Bremerton)

Kitsap County Timeline of Human Rights

Compiled by the Kitsap County
Council for Human Rights

Updated November 2022

Click here to view and download.

(Email suggested edits and additions here.)


International Human Rights

Contact the United Nations Human Rights Council at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/Home.aspx.


Educational Tools to Explore Racial, Gender and Other Bias






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CONTACT US

For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle at rpirtle@kitsap.gov


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