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.

31st Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 31st Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights and gratitude to all the presenters who so generously shared their wisdom, experience and knowledge!

A recording of the Linda Gabriel Human Rights Award presentations, and the morning sessions, "Laying the Foundation" and "Calling Our Circle" that took place during the conference Dec. 11, 2021 is available here.  Afternoon workshop sessions were not recorded. 

  • View the conference schedule here.
  • Some conference presenters provided slides used during their programs. Click here to find links to presentations. 

2021 Linda Gabriel Human Rights Awards

The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights is pleased to announce recipients of the 2021 Linda Gabriel Human Rights Awards as nominated by the community for their extraordinary commitment to advancing and promoting human rights for all. 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.


Guyland Charles
Stonechild Chiefstick, Jr
Kane Kean Chiefstick
Sophia Michelle Randle

Tiesha Joy Randle


Janel Broderson


Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County

Lifetime Achievement:

Barbara Lawrence
Carl Jakobsson

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


Applications open for Council for Human Rights

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


Council for Human Rights Meetings

** The regular monthly council meeting January 18 is cancelled and replaced by the annual retreat, a special meeting scheduled 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Join the Zoom meeting at

Meeting ID: 841 4399 0199
To join by phone, call 253-215-8782

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.

​2021 Work Plan

Council for Human Rights 2021 Work Plan

​2022 Agendas / Minutes

​January 15 (Annual Retreat)

​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
​District 1
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

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 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


Stay up to date on the conference and other events and opportunities with the Council for Human Rights. Sign up to receive electronic notifications here

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