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.

 BCHRAC Seeks New Volunteer Members!  

Responsibilities include attending HRAC meetings and assisting the Human Rights Coordinator in educating the public about Human Rights and the HRAC through community & educational projects.

Interested candidates need to be permanent residents of Barnstable County.

Persons with varied language skills and diverse backgrounds strongly encouraged to apply! 

Please submit a letter of interest and resume/bio, by Email to hrc@barnstablecounty.org , or Mail to: BC Human Rights Advisory Commission, HRAC Candidates, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630, or deliver in person to 3195 Main St.  

Applications MUST be received no later than Thurs. October 10th, 2019 at 4:00 PM!!!

Interviews to be held the week of October 21st, 2019 for those selected.

For more information about the newly structured BC Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC), please contact the BC Human Rights Coordinator, Deb Battles at (508) 375-6611 or at deborah.battles@barnstablecounty.org.


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 first established by the County in 2007.

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 (BCHRAC) as set forth in the Ordinance.

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