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 healthcare 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.

The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) is an advisory body established by Barnstable County Regional Government (by Ordinance 22-01) to promote human rights for all persons of Barnstable County (the fifteen towns on Cape Cod).

The BCHRAC works to:

1. Provide assistance to municipalities, public agencies, and the public by promoting equality and human rights through: educational activities; community forums and events; dissemination of information and publication

2. Promote equality and equal protections with local stakeholders and diverse communities.

3. Minimize acts and patterns of discrimination by promoting awareness through education.

4. When necessary, direct those subject to apparent human rights violations to appropriate local, state, and federal officials and agencies.

5. Create and maintain a database of federal and state regulatory and enforcement agencies including, but not limited to, publicly certified interveners, responders, counselors, and mediators.

6. Gather and report human rights data.


Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Seeks New Commissioner and Alternate Commissioners  

BCHRAC positions are vital in promoting and advancing human rights on Cape Cod.  July 17, 2024 (Barnstable, MA) – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) is seeking applications […]

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Weathering Many Storms, Kids Still Trying to Make World a Better Place

Written by Lawrence Brown | Special to the Times Lawrence Brown is a columnist for the Cape Cod Times. Email him at column response@ For over 20 years, teens from across the […]

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Cape Cod Students Gather for Spring Human Rights Academy

April 17, 2024 (Barnstable, MA) – On Friday, April 12, approximately 60 students from middle and high schools across Cape Cod convened at the Sturgis High School’s 529 Main Street Community […]

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Watch the 2023 Barnstable County Human Rights Awards Ceremony

We invite you to click the link below and watch the recorded event from January 8, 2024, captured by Cape Media. This event brought together over 200 individuals to commemorate […]

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Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission’s Annual Human Rights Awards Celebration

Yesterday, over 200 individuals gathered at an event hosted by the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human […]

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Postponement of Human Rights Celebration Due to Severe Weather 

   Due to severe weather conditions, the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission announces the postponement of our highly anticipated Human Rights Celebration scheduled for Monday, December 11th.   Emergency […]

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