Commitment to Human Rights

The City of Bellingham supports each individual’s right to be treated with dignity and to live without fear of violence, intimidation, or discrimination based on group identification or personal characteristics. These include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief or non-belief, age, class, disability, veteran or military status, and political opinion.

To this end, the City of Bellingham embraces and supports all applicable Washington state and United States civil rights laws and the spirit of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In addition, the City has enacted municipal regulations and has issued statements and resolutions in support of these rights, including Bellingham City Council Resolution 2017-10, Resolution Affirming the Safety of All People Residing in Bellingham. This information is available in City offices and on the City website.

To help us fulfill our commitment to everyone in our community, residents and non-residents alike, we encourage your feedback. Please let us know if you believe that any City of Bellingham representative, or any individual or entity that acts on behalf of the City, has fulfilled or failed to fulfill these commitments and responsibilities in any significant way.

You may provide feedback and/or seek assistance in the following ways:

If these avenues prove unsatisfactory, you may also contact:

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