Human Rights Resources

If you have experienced discrimination, the Salem Human Rights Commission (HRC) may be able to help.

Commission Assistance

One of the primary duties of the HRC is to take action on discrimination concerns regarding housing, employment and public accommodation such as businesses, movie theaters, motels and restaurants. If you have a concern, contact the Title VI/Section 504 Coordinator or file a discrimination complaint.

Available help may include:

  • General assistance. An HRC Commissioner or staff person can assist you in exploring your options and offer support as you pursue them.
  • Mediation. Mediation is an opportunity to work out differences through clarification and conversation. It can often be more helpful to work out problems with the people involved rather than start a long legal process. These discussions can take place either informally or with the assistance of trained mediators.
  • Referral. Some problems can be resolved through other agencies including:

In some cases you may decide to go to court with a civil complaint. You need to hire a private attorney.

Discrimination Resources

The Discrimination Resource Directory provides information about organizations who provide assistance with concerns of discrimination. The HRC does not endorse, recommend, or evaluate resources, programs, providers, or services. The City of Salem cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided nor the quality of the services provided by these organizations.

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