Kitsap County Council for Human Rights


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. 


  > 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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Applications open for Council for Human Rights

Applications are open to join the Council for Human Rights. Read the position description hereTo apply, click here.


Open letter to North Kitsap School District

The Council for Human Rights sent a letter March 13, 2023 to the North Kitsap School Board, the school district's equity officer and superintendent, urging action be taken on proposed solutions to provide equal access to English language learners and foster a culture of belonging for all students as brought forth in an open letter to the North Kitsap School District from the Kitsap Latino Community. 

Read the letter here. 

Statement on incidents of discrimination 

The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights released a statement March 18, 2022 declaring our concern and opposition to the many incidents of discrimination that have occurred within Kitsap County in recent months.


Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

The Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights takes place annually in December to coincide with International Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on December 10 — the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Linda Gabriel Human Rights Awards

The Linda Gabriel Human Rights Awards are presented annually during the Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights. Recipients are nominated by the community for their extraordinary commitment 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.

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. and will resume in-person meetings in 2023. Meetings in 2023, as of February, will take place 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 meeting.

To 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 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

​2023 Agendas / Minutes 

​January 14 (Annual Retreat)
​February 21
​March 7 - Special Meeting
​March 21

​2022 Agendas / Minutes

January 15 (Annual Retreat)
​February 15
March 15
​April 19
May 17
​June 21
July 19
August 16
​September 20
October 17
​November 15
​December 7, 6 p.m. - Special meeting for conference planning
​December 15, 6:30 p.m. - Special meeting in lieu of regular monthly meeting




​Term Ending

District 1

Dionne Deschenne
​District 112/31/23
Judy Friesem
​District 1
Erin Lanum
​District 1
Christina Barone
​District 2
Rochelle Karlsen
​District 2
​District 2
​District 2

Cris Amburgey
​District 3
Marlaina Simmons
​District 3
Elizabeth Holmes
​District 3
Kirsten Dahlquist
District 3
Augustine Lujan
Gregg Nebel
Robert Ellis


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.)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948

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. 
To file a general discrimination complaint, contact the Washington State Human Rights Commission at

Hate Crimes & Bias Incidents

Learn more about how to report hate crimes here through the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

Rental Complaints

To file a complaint related to housing, including rentals, contact the Fair Housing Center of Washington at

Healthcare Agencies & Facilities Complaints

Contact the Washington Department of Health at its facility complaint website

International Human Rights

Contact the United Nations Human Rights Council at

Educational Tools to Explore Racial, Gender and Other Bias



For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle at


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