Welcome to the Human Rights Advisory Commission*

The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) promotes equal opportunity in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town and county services, insurance, banking, credit and health care for all persons in Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, sexual or affection preference, marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability.

Primary Goals of the Advisory Commission:

  • To promote and protect the basic human rights of all persons in Barnstable County
  • To enlist the cooperation and support of racial, religious, ethnic, civic, fraternal, benevolent, and private and public agencies in eliminating unlawful discrimination, and cultivating an atmosphere of mutual understanding of the county’s cultural and social diversity
  • To promote community awareness and understanding of the county’s diverse cultures through education and community action
  • To provide the public with a forum to identify and address human rights concerns within Barnstable County and, where possible, to assist in the resolution of complaints of human rights violations.

Of Note:  Monthly Meetings Are Always Open to the Public:  The next Monthly Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 16th, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the Harborview Conference Room, Barnstable County Complex.  At that time, a “Swearing In’ of current & newly Appointed Members is scheduled to take place! 

Barnstable County Regional Government Code of Conduct


Charge/Purpose Ordinance

The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (formerly the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission BCHRC) was first established by the County in 2007.   In June 2019 the BCHRC became an “Advisory” Commission under Ordinance 19-10 with a new name, structure and designated Human Rights Coordinator position.  Hence the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission was born.

Final Approved Ordinance 19-10 – this Ordinance Established a County Office to be known as the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC).  This Ordinance replaces all prior Ordinances


*PLEASE NOTE:  This Website and Page is in the process of being updated, due to changes initiated by Ordinance 19-10