Human Rights

2020 Human Rights Day

This Human Rights Day, the Seattle Human Rights Commission spotlights Black Voices.

Community members from King County Equity Now, Decriminalize Seattle, Converge Media, Black Trans Task Force, and Morning March Seattle will navigate a discussion on the Black Experience in Seattle.

Thursday, December 10, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PST

Flyer for 2020 Human Rights Day Celebration

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The celebration of Seattle Human Rights Day provides an opportunity to honor a Seattle-area organization or individual who has advanced human rights locally, nationally, or internationally.

Take a few minutes to think about our local human rights leaders. Is there someone who should be recognized on December 10, 2020? If so, fill out this form at

2018 Human Rights Day

The 2018 celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights focuses on intersectionality of human rights in Seattle. Opening remarks by Tammy Morales, Co-Chair of Seattle Human Rights Commission.

Panelists: Aaron Oravillo, Seattle Human Rights Commission, moderator Allan Nyaribo, Olympia Poetry Network, presenting artist Katrina Johnson, Public Defender Association Alisa Bernard, Organization for Prostitution Survivors Monserrat Padilla, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

2017 Human Rights Day

Celebrate the 18th Annual Human Rights Day event on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7 pm at Seattle First Baptist Church with the Seattle Human Rights Commission, Seattle Office for Civil Rights and our Human Rights Day planning partners and sponsors. The event is free and open to the public. Reception begins at 6PM. The program begins at 7PM

This year’s keynote speakers are Ethel Branch, Nikkita Oliver, and Jorge Baron.

This event is accessible, including an ASL interpreter in attendance.
Call (206) 684-4540 to request an accommodation or email Information about Seattle Human Rights Day is available in other formats on request.

Human Rights Day commemorates the anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948.

2017 Human Rights Day Flyer

2015 Human Rights Awards

As part of the Human Rights Day event, the Human Rights Commission will announce the 2015 Human Rights Awards. Every year our Human Rights Day celebration recognizes Seattle’s exceptional human rights leaders.

Nominations for the 2015 Human Rights Awards were submitted by Monday, November 23, 2015.

Awardees were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing human rights.
  • Works for racial and social justice.
  • Provides courageous leadership.
  • Develops innovative programs advancing human rights.
  • Supports equal opportunities and workplaces free from discrimination.
  • Business awardees: Provides a living wage, fosters a positive work environment, and has family friendly policies.

Congratulations to 2015 Human Rights Awardees!

From Seattle Human Rights Commission:

  • Rising Human Rights Leaders: Youth Undoing Institutional Racism
  • Individual Human Rights Leader: Mary Flowers
  • Business Human Rights Leader: On Point Real Estate
  • Organization Human Rights Leader: Books to Prisoners
  • Coalition Human Rights Leader: Rainier Beach Action Coalition
  • Artist Human Rights Leader: Nikkita Oliver
  • Honorary Award: Africatown Innovation Center

From the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities:

  • Excellence in Inclusion: Councilmember Bruce Harrell and Teesha Kirschbaum

From the United Nations Association:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt: PeaceTrees Vietnam

Past award recipients have included: The Colectivo de Detenidos, Matt Remle, Garfield High School’s Black Student Union, Yasmin Christopher, Legal Voice, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Casa Latina, Pride Foundation, Molly Moons and Tutta Bella, among others.

RSJI Speaker Series

Our keynote speaker, Kimberlé Crenshaw, joins us as part of the 2015 RSJI Speaker Series. This series brings thoughtful, provocative and powerful speakers from across the country to Seattle to speak on the racial equity issues of today.

We hope to see you there!

Human Rights Day & RSJI Speaker Series

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