Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Accepting Applications for 2022 Vacancies

Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Accepting Applications for 2022 Vacancies

Commission aims to continue building a strong team of advisors promoting human rights on Cape Cod

September 16, 2021 (Barnstable, MA) – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) seeks candidates to fill vacancies beginning January 1, 2022. The (9) member volunteer Advisory Commission promotes equality and human rights throughout the County.

Responsibilities of the Advisory Commission members include attending monthly BCHRAC meetings, participating in at least one board committee, and assisting the Human Rights Coordinator in educating the public about the BCHRAC through community and educational activities.

An interested candidate must be a permanent resident of Barnstable County. Persons with varied language skills and diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. A letter of interest, a resume, and bio should be sent by e-mail to:, or via mail to Susan Quinones, Coordinator, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630. Applications MUST be received no later than Friday, October 15, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

Interviews will commence the week of October 25, 2021, for those selected.

Candidates can find additional information about the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission at Questions may be directed to the Human Rights Coordinator, Susan Quinones, at (508) 375-6611 or

The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference, marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit, and health care. Throughout the Commission’s history, it has provided a forum for the public and local organizations and agencies to raise concerns regarding possible human rights violations and work to promote understanding and appreciation of the diverse culture in Barnstable County through educational programming and community action. Learn more at www.barnstablecountyhrac.or

ABOUT BARNSTABLE COUNTY REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CAPE COD: Barnstable County is one of the last functioning counties in Massachusetts, with departments serving the 15 towns of Cape Cod. Barnstable County government consists of a legislative branch (Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates) and an executive branch (Barnstable County Commissioners). Learn more at



9/11 Day of Remembrance

This weekend, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, our nation will pause to reflect upon the terrorist attacks and remember all who lost their lives in this tragedy. BCHRAC recognizes the first responders who heroically gave their lives to serve and defend the country. Their patriotic spirits and dedication to their duty will never be forgotten. 🇺🇸♥️

Tim McCarthy Human Rights Champion Award: Applications Open




August 17, 2021
For further information, please contact Dr. Brian O’Malley at

Nominations are now being sought and accepted for the third Annual Tim McCarthy Human Rights Champion Award, honoring the late Outer Cape (and world) activist Tim McCarthy, who died in 2018.

This Award recognizes a Human Rights Champion, an activist individual or organization with a Cape Cod connection, working effectively to promote human rights, as affirmed in the United Nations’ 1948 “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” These includes: dignity, liberty, equality; spiritual, public and political freedoms of thought, opinion, religion, conscience and peaceful association; cultural rights including the right to healthcare and an adequate standard of living; establishment of these rights and the organizational structures to empower the individual. The Tim Fund also adds the following activist recognitions: environmental rights and LGBTQ rights.

A panel of respected local rights activists will again select this year’s Award recipient, who will receive  $2,000 to further their activism and human rights work. Last year, the Nauset High School Human Rights Club, and teacher Lisa Brown, were honored.

The award will be presented this December 10, 2021 at the annual Barnstable County Human Rights Day Breakfast.This event, usually in Hyannis, with a short presentation by the honoree expected, was held virtually last year, but no determination has been made at this time.

Nominations and applications will be accepted from through Friday, October 1, 2021. Nominators are asked to fill out the application form, either online at,  or by mail to “The Tim Fund, c/o The Provincetown Community Compact, PO Box 819, Provincetown, MA 02657.”

The Provincetown Community Compact is the acting fiscal sponsor for the Tim Fund.

Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center Grand Opening

The Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum & Cultural Center promotes the history, culture, and contemporary life of Cape Verdean migrants as well as other Lusophone communities and their families in the region. Education, engagement, and community are at the core of their mission. Watch the full video below to see their Grand Opening!

Video: Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center Grand Opening

2021 Malcolm McDowell Award Ceremony

Last month BCHRAC awarded two outstanding activists on the Cape the 2021 Malcolm McDowell Award. We are proud to recognize Morgan James Peters II (Zyg), a senior at Mashpee Middle High School, and Angelica Oshman (Alex), a junior at Sturgis Charter Public School East as the recipients of this award.
A special thank you to the Wampanoag Tribal Headquarters for hosting the Malcolm McDowell Award Ceremony. This event would not have been possible without your support!

Thank you Rev. Kate Epperly

Thank you Rev. Kate Epperly for your dedication to human rights, especially your work on the Barnstable County vaccine equity task force.

Your colleagues at the BCHRAC are all incredibly grateful for the virtual & in-person times we had together.

You will be missed by your BCHRAC family & the Cape Cod community.

We wish you the best of luck in your active retirement.