Kitsap County Council for Human Rights


Thank you to everyone who joined us for the virtual

30th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights on Dec. 4 - including all the presenters! 

To view a recording of the plenary roundable, click here.

To view a recording of the Linda Gabriel Awards, click here. A list of past recipients is posted below


Linda Gabriel Awards

The Linda Gabriel Awards (formerly known as the Wall of Fame Awards) recognize significant contributions to human rights efforts in Kitsap County in four categories: Youth, Adult, Organization and Lifetime Achievement. The awards are presented annually in honor of Linda Gabriel, a founder of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, who died in 2014.

Congratulations to our 2020 Linda Gabriel Human Rights Award recipients:
Christine Barone (Individual)
Alejandra Pulido (Youth)
OurGEMS (Organization)
Harriette Bryant (Lifetime Achievement)

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


Applications open for Council for Human Rights

Applications are open for Central Kitsap and South Kitsap Representatives to serve on the Council for Human Rights. 

Read the position description here. To apply, click here.


Mission of the Council for Human Rights

  > To advise county government and 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.


The next regular meeting of the Council for Human Rights takes place 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 17 , 2021. (The council will not meet in July)

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.

The Council usually meets the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Rose Room of Harrison Medical Center, 1800 NW Myhre, Silverdale. ** Council is currently meeting remotely.

​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

​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

Reba Harris
​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
Janae Jenkins
​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.)