About us

Our mission

The Human Rights Commission advocates for human and civil rights, and works in service of the City’s anti-discrimination laws to further racial solidarity, equity, and healing.

The HRC:

  • Advocates for human and civil rights
  • Investigates and mediates discrimination complaints
  • Resolves community disputes about discrimination
  • Provides technical assistance

The Commission

Human Rights Commission (HRC) refers to both the City department and to the Commission that develops policy.

The Mayor appoints people to the HRC. There are up to 11 commissioners.


The Human Rights Commission was established in 1964 by Mayor John F. Shelley as an Interim Committee on Human Relations. The commission has since grown in response to San Francisco’s mandate to address the causes of and problems resulting from prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination.