How to Start a Human Rights Commission

  1. Identify supportive community residents.
  2. Gather information on activities and processes from neighboring Human Rights Commissions.
  3. Meet with mayor and city council members to obtain authorization and legislation for organizing a local commission.
  4. Seek resources – speakers, documents, videos – from League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and/or active Commissions.
  5. Develop a Human Rights Ordinance for the city.
  6. Advertise openings for Commissioners and interview to select the required numbers.
  7. Elect officers; set specific goals and a regular meeting date; organize committees.

Local Human Rights Commissions are voluntary, city or county chartered groups appointed by city councils or county commissions to advise and promote human rights under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MS 363A) to work for a diverse society free from prejudice and discrimination.

League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to assist local human rights commissions in Minnesota in carrying out their purposes, and to interact with divisions of the State and other entities involved in human rights.  League members are the various Local Human Rights Commissions chartered in communities throughout the state.

Minnesota Department of Human Rights is a state agency which has the mandate to hear discrimination cases filed with the state.  An extension of this mandate is the No Fault Grievance Process which may be administered by local Human Rights Commissions.  The Human Rights Commissioner is appointed by the Governor of the state.