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.

News & Announcements

31st Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

Call for Conference Proposals

The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights is pleased to announce a call for presentation proposals for breakout sessions during the 31st Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights on December 11, 2021, which takes place virtually from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

The conference this year will center around "Calling the Circle for Restorative Justice," and look at how restorative circles are used to build and restore relationships through equal opportunity, sharing and listening, and by providing every individual with the opportunity to speak and be heard. 

Restorative circles can empower youth, heal trauma, reduce recidivism, teach students how to navigate conflict and listen respectfully, and provide an opportunity for community members to come together and address harmful behavior in the community and within their families.

Submissions are now being accepted for proposals for conference break-out sessions such as workshops, presentations, panels, and interactive activities that are diverse, engaging, and center around community and restorative justice practices. 

To learn more and apply to present at the 2021 conference, complete the online application form here.

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 30.

Linda Gabriel Human Rights Award Nominations

The Council for Human Rights is also accepting nominations for the 2021 Linda Gabriel Awards, which will be presented during the conference. The Linda Gabriel Awards recognize significant contributions to human rights efforts in Kitsap County, in four categories: Youth, Adult, Organization, and Lifetime Achievement. The awards are presented each year during the Conference for Human Rights, in honor of Linda Gabriel, a founder of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights who passed away in 2014.

Complete the online nomination form here. 

The deadline for nominations is November 8.

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


Applications open for Council for Human Rights

Applications are open for representatives from Central and South Kitsap to serve on the Council for Human Rights. Read the position description here. To apply, click here.


Council for Human Rights Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Council for Human Rights takes place 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, 2021 and is held remotely.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 860 3956 6803

To join by phone, call 253-215-8782

Submitting public comment

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 3 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.

​2021 Work Plan

Council for Human Rights 2021 Work Plan

​2021 Agendas / Minutes

January 9  Retreat
January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15
​NO July 2021 MEETING
August 17
September 21
October 19

​2020 Agendas / Minutes

​January 12
​February 18
​March meeting - CANCELLED
April 21 
May 19
June 16
July 21
​August 18
​September 15
​October 20
November 17
December 15




​Term Ending

Annie Forsman Adams
District 1
Dionne Deschenne
​District 112/31/23
James Cash
​District 1​12/31/21
Erin Lanum
​District 1
Christina Barone
​District 2
​District 2
​District 2

Beth Barron
​District 2
Darrell Thomas
​District 3
​District 3
Elizabeth Holmes
​District 3
Heather Moritz
​District 3​12/31/23
Teresa Swope
​Marcie Mathis​At-Large​12/31/21
Susie Beil


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 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

International Human Rights

Contact the United Nations Human Rights Council at




For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle at


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(Be sure to check the box for Council for Human Rights News and Events under the Board of County Commissioners topics.)