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

Registration is now open for the
32nd Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 10 via Zoom

Join the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights for the 32nd Annual Conference for Human Rights that takes place virtually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 10. The conference is free but pre-registration is required. Attendees will join break-out sessions during the conference - no need to sign-up in advance for individual programs.

This year's event centers around "THIS is HOME: Our Bodies, Our Communities, Our Planet," and looks at these topics from a human rights perspective, how they intersect and impact each other. The conference will feature a roundtable discussion and multiple break-out sessions including:

  • our human right to a livable world 
  • community building to end homelessness
  • disrupting racism, restoring connection
  • gender-affirming language 101
  • youth mental health panel
  • from collective rupture to collective repair
  • empathic listening
  • gender-based stereotypes
  • breaking down the myths of homelessness
  • an indigenous call for kinship
  • racism: a public health crisis
  • And much more!

The annual Linda Gabriel Awards will be announced during the conference, recognizing youth, individuals and organizations in Kitsap County who have made significant contributions to human rights. Nominations are still open - see the details below!

Check back here frequently - we'll be adding details on presenters, break-out sessions, the morning roundtable discussion and the conference program.


We look forward to seeing you December 10, which is also International Human Rights Day!

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Questions? Contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Kitsap County Commissioners' office at 

Linda Gabriel Human Rights Award Nominations

Nominations are now closed for 2022. View this list of previous recipients. Awards will be made during the Conference for Human Rights December 20. 


Statement on recent 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. We are disheartened by these blatant displays of racist, sexist, and religious bigotry. We stand with and support those who have endured racial slurs and vandalism, misogynistic treatment and comments, religious persecution, and discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.


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.

Applications open for Council for Human Rights

Applications are open for South and Central Kitsap representatives to serve on the Council for Human Rights. Read the position description hereTo apply, 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. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the council is meeting virtually. 

Join the Zoom meeting at
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.

​2022 Work Plan

Council for Human Rights 2022 Work Plan

​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, 7 p.m. - Special meeting in lieu of regular monthly meeting

​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
​November 16
​December 7 - Special meeting for conference planning.
​December 16 - Special meeting time in lieu of regular monthly meeting




​Term Ending

Annie Forsman Adams
District 1
Dionne Deschenne
​District 112/31/23
Judy Friesem
​District 1
Erin Lanum
​District 1
Christina Barone
​District 2
​District 2

​District 2
​District 2

Cris Amburgey
​District 3
Marlaina Simmons
​District 3
Elizabeth Holmes
​District 3
Kirsten Dahlquist
District 3
Thadeus Smith
Gregg Nebel
Susie Beil


Kitsap County Timeline of Human Rights

Compiled by the Kitsap County
Council for Human Rights

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

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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