Human Rights Commission

The Commission is empowered to assist victims of civil rights violations within the City and to enlist the cooperation of various racial, religious, ethnic, civic and other organizations to help eliminate discrimination and achieve harmonious inter-group relationships. The work of the Commission is carried out by committees which focus on issues relevant to our community:

We respond to acts of local discrimination.

We investigate complaints of discrimination and fair housing violations that are filed with our office.

We mediate disputes to achieve resolutions.

We educate the public through challenging and informative programs and discussions on human rights issues.

We maintain a working relationship with teachers, administrators, students and parents to support Newton schools’ diversity curriculum.


Chapter 12, Article V, Section 12-56 Human Rights Commission and Advisory Council, City of Newton Ordinances