The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights is one of the oldest state agencies in the country that specializes in antidiscrimination law enforcement. The Commission’s major program activities include outreach and education, intake, investigation and settlement of discrimination charges, and administrative hearings. Call (401) 222-2664 or TTY(Relay RI): (401) 222-2661or visit the Commission’s website at www.richr.ri.gov/ for more information.
The Providence Human Rights Commission ensures discrimination complaints are investigated and adjudicated properly; advocates for policies that codify and protect the civil rights of Providence residents; and supports the work of two boards and commissions. The Commission enforces the City of Providence’s Ordinance prohibiting source of income discrimination, including housing discrimination in which a landlord refuses to rent because an individual or family participates in the Section Program. Call (401) 680-5000 for more information.
The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Team ensures that civil rights matters – including hate crimes, civil rights violations, and incidents of police misconduct or excessive use of force – are addressed with the level of scrutiny and professionalism that all communities in the State deserve, whether pursued criminally or civilly. Call (401) 274-4400 for more information.