Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way the Department does business.
1 (800) 669-9777
The mission of the Fair Housing Center of Washington is to assure equal access to housing and other related services to the residents of Washington. The organization will achieve this purpose through education, investigation, and enforcement of applicable laws.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered.
The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits
1 (800) 669-4000
The mission of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is to prevent and eliminate discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community.
1 (800) 233-3247
The Office of Equity and Social Justice, Civil Rights Program has authority to handle discrimination complaints ONLY FOR King County government and for employers, housing providers, and businesses in the UNINCORPORATED parts of King County (outside the cities).
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) works to ensure that everyone in Seattle has equal access to housing, employment, public accommodations, and contracting. SOCR investigates and enforces City, State, and Federal anti-discrimination laws, and provides public policy recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and other City departments. The Office develops and implements policies and programs promoting fairness, equity, and diversity. It also administers the Title VI program of the 1964 Federal Civil Rights Act, and Title II of the federal ADA Act.
- Every 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the United States Courthouse: 700 Stewart Street, Suite 2310 (Ground Floor), Seattle, WA 98101
- Appointment required; call (206) 267-7070 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tuesday – Thursday
- Free 30-minute meeting
- Focused on civil rights questions. The Neighborhood Legal Clinics service King County residents or clients with legal issues in King County.
- Sponsored by the King County Bar Association,
The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation’s guardian of liberty. The ACLU has staff working in the courts, legislatures and communities across the country to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The ACLU is a nationwide organization with headquarters in New York, a legislative office in Washington DC, and affiliate offices in every state. The ACLU of Washington is among the strongest affiliates in the country working to defend and extend civil liberties for everyone in our state.
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.