Northwest Human Rights Resources

We will use this page to list organizations providing resources pertaining to human rights, social justice, diversity, and equality. Eventually we hope to create a searchable database that can be organized by topic, location, etc. to make it easier for you to find the resources you need. For now the list is in alphabetical order, first by regional groups in the Northwest, then by nation groups

Please email Jenn at if you have a resource to list. Thanks!


Benewah Human Rights Coalition

Email: Christina Crawford at or Lloyd Agte at

The newly-formed Benewah Human Rights Coalition works to address human rights concerns in Benewah County, ID.


Bonner County Human Rights Task Force,

Address: PO Box 1463, Sandpoint, ID 83864 Phone: 208-290-2732 Email:

Located in North Idaho, the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force has been active in the community since 1992. With a membership of well over 300, the Task Force works to promote tolerance, support human dignity, and educate adults and youth across the county. In addition to community activities, the Task Force organizes annual human rights conferences, aids in the development of school curriculum and promotes human-rights activity at the elementary, middle and high schools.


Human Rights Education Institute,

Address: 414 Mullan Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Phone: 208-292-2359 Email:

The mission of HREI in Coeur d’Alene, ID is to “celebrate diversity and promote human rights by educating, raising awareness and inspiring transformation in our community.” HREI provides cultural education, raising awareness of critical human rights issues and honoring differences while working toward common goals. Their programs and community development strategies are a global model for meaningful change through human rights education. Visit their website or their facebook page for details on their programs.


Idaho Human Rights Education Center,

Address: 777 S. 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702 Phone: 208-345-0304 Email:

The mission of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center in Boise is to “promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.” The Center achieves this mission through educational programs with teachers and students, community leadership, and advocacy in human rights. Among other services, the Center offers: A comprehensive K-12 “Scope & Sequence” of human rights classroom lessons authored by Idaho teachers (the only one of its kind in the nation); An annual five-day human rights summer institute and two-day fall workshop for Idaho teachers; Human rights/diversity training for educator, student, business and nonprofit groups each year; And an annual statewide human rights art contest for K-12 students with classroom posters and lessons featuring the grand prize winning entries.


Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations,

Address: P.O. Box 2725, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816-2725 Phone: 208-765-3932 Email:

Who we are: The KCTFHR is made up of residents representing all segments of society. We oppose discrimination or the denial of equal protection of the laws based upon race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, disability, national origin, social & economic status, or sexual orientation. What we do: Provide education promoting positive human relations; Provide support to people victimized by malicious harassment or hate crimes; Promote legislation that deals with reducing hate crimes; Monitor and document incidents of malicious harassment; Promote and celebrate the diversity of the people of Kootenai County; Oppose discrimination in housing, jobs, and public accommodations based upon the above classifications.


Latah County Human Rights Task Force,

Address: Box 8613, Moscow, ID 83843 Phone: 208-882-3648 Email:

The mission of the Latah County Human Rights task Force is to encourage sensitivity towards minority groups, and to promote tolerance, acceptance, and harmony, based on respect for everyone’s civil, human, and social rights through programs of education, advocacy and referral assistance. This includes: Proactive education programs for community and schools; Victim assistance and referrals; Working with public officials to ensure fairness and respect for all; Mobilizing the community to respond to hate and prejudice; Networking with human rights organizations throughout the state and nation; Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Breakfast, Rosa Parks Achievement Awards and Art and Essay Contest.


Literacy Council of the Palouse,

Address: 123 W. 1st St., Moscow, ID 83843 Phone: 208-883-2626 or 509-592-5657 Email:

The Literacy Council of the Palouse is a non-profit organization based out of Moscow, ID and Pullman, WA.  They offer free tutoring for adults by matching them with compatible volunteer tutors. Volunteer tutors receive introductory training and clients are assessed to determine their needs. The goal of the Literacy Council is to help learners reach their educational goals and achieve their full potential. The Volunteer Coordinator is Irv Jacob.


Moscow Human Rights Commission,

Address: City of Moscow, PO Box 9203, Moscow, ID  83843 Staff Representative: David Duke’s email:

It is the duty of the Commission to affirm, encourage and initiate programs and services within the City designed to eliminate discrimination, improve human relations, and effectuate the spirit and intent of applicable human rights legislation. In these efforts, the Commission may enlist the support of community groups and public agencies.


Odyssey Youth Center,

Address: 1121 S. Perry St., Spokane, WA  99202 Phone: 509-325-3637 Email:

Based in Spokane, WA, Odyssey Youth Center works with at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth (LGBTQ) and their allies to provide a safe place, education, and advocacy. Odyssey promotes positive growth and self-empowerment for LGBTQ youth.


O2SICC: Oliver Supplier Intercultural Competency Consulting,

Address: 12821 E. 27th, Spokane, WA 99256  Phone: 509-638-9767 Email:

O2SICC is a consulting firm whose focus is to assist government, non-government, academic and financial institutions implement the three core competencies of diversity (customer, supplier and workforce). Their aim is to ensure that all small businesses gain an opportunity for inclusive bidding opportunities on government contracts and private procurement awards. The mission of O2SICC is to create a global environment where all small businesses have access to fair, inclusive, competitive bidding opportunities for procurement goods and services.


Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, & Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho,

North Idaho Contact: Jennifer Whitney Email: Phone: 509-241-4301

South Idaho Contact: Jonny Carkin Phone: 208-703-2277 ext.13 Email:

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest (PPVNW) works at the local, state, and national level to stand up for for men’s and women’s accesses to comprehensive family planning and sexual health education, as well as the right of each of individual to build loving relationships and create families—without discrimination.


Spokane Human Rights Commission,

Address: 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA  99201 Phone: Karen Stratton, Office of the Mayor, 509-625-6250

The Human Rights Commission advises and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding issues related to human rights and unjust discrimination and the implementation of programs consistent with the needs of all residents of the City of Spokane.


University of Idaho Disability Support Services,

Address: Idaho Commons Room 306, PO Box 83844, Moscow, ID 83843-2537 • Phone: 208-885-6307  Email:

The goal at the University of Idaho Disability Support Services (DSS) is to provide services and support to ensure that students are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at the university. The mission of DSS is to facilitate inclusion by reducing/eliminating barriers, whether they are attitudinal, structural, programmatic or otherwise. In doing so, students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to become successful through their own efforts and not held back by artificial barriers. DSS strives to create partnerships between DSS, students, faculty, staff, and other university and community offices by creating awareness and training on disability-related issues as well as providing information and referral services.


Southern Poverty Law Center,

Address: 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 Phone: 334-956-8200

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in our nation’s schools. We are based in Montgomery, Ala., the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement, and have offices in Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami, Fla., and Jackson, Miss.

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