The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights ("Commission") is one of the oldest state agencies in the country that specializes in antidiscrimination law enforcement. The Rhode Island General Assembly established the Commission in 1949 with the understanding that "[t]he practice or policy of discrimination against individuals a matter of state concern", and that "discrimination foments public strife and unrest, threatens the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of the state, and undermines the foundations of a free democratic state". R.I.G.L. Section 28-5-2.

     The Commission's major program activities include:

Contact Information
Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
180 Westminster Street, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Tel: 401-222-2661    Voice Relay: 7-1-1
Fax: 401-222-2616
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Revised July 2015