Memorial Middle School
615 Rollstone Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Santa Helena Amico
Cheryl Maguy - Stewart
Barbara Nealon - Chairperson
(1) One Vacancy - Associate Member
Purpose & Responsibilities
The Human Rights Commission works to protect and preserve the constitutional, civil, and human rights of all people in the City of Fitchburg. The Commission’s objective is to eliminate unlawful discrimination and to provide education about human rights issues in our City, and works with diverse individuals and groups to promote tolerance and mutual respect.
The Human Rights Commissioner is tasked with:
Coordinating with community agencies representing various socioeconomic and ethnic groups in advocating for the human rights of their constituents
Coordinating with other municipal departments to increase compliance with pertinent local, state, and federal laws
Investigating complaints of unlawful treatment, harassment or discrimination
Promoting public awareness of human rights issues through educational activities
Providing information to the public about civil rights
The Commission function shall be to further the goals, aims and purposes of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as established by General Laws Chapter 6 section 56, and to enforce Chapters 151B and 151C and Chapter 272 section 92A and 98, subject to the provisions of Chapter 3 Article 28 of the City Code.
The Human Rights Commission is comprised of 5 volunteer residents and 1 associate volunteer resident. The associate volunteer shall have the authority to vote on matters before the commission in the absence of a Commissioner or in the case of a conflict of interest by a Commissioner. Each volunteer's term is for three years. Volunteers are appointed by the Mayor and are subject to approval by the City Council.