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 affectional 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.

Barnstable County Regional Government Code of Conduct


Charge/Purpose Ordinance

The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (formerly the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission) was established by the County in 2007. The Ordinance was amended in September 2008. To view a copy of the amended ordinance, go to Ordinance 08-12 Amended 9/17/2008 

Amendment 2015 Ordinance 15-06

Amended Proposed Ordinance 19-02  – This Ordinance shall repeal Ordinance 05-08, 06-02, 08-12 and 15-06 in their entirety and establish the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Board as set forth in the Ordinance.