The PHRC works to eliminate unlawful discrimination and to empower the people of Providence through education, advocacy, and collaboration, to ensure access to resources, protection of rights, and promotion of positive community relations.
Formed in 1963, our goal is to foster mutual understanding and respect among the city’s diverse populations, and ensure equal opportunities for all Providence residents in housing, education, employment, credit, and public accommodations by combating discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, age, or country of ancestral origin.
Discrimination threatens the welfare of our citizens and undermines our ability to thrive as a diverse city. If you feel that you have been illegally discriminated against, please call us at 421-2489 x5378. We want to help you!
The PHRC provides free educational outreach to the general public through workshops and seminars about issues related to inter-group relations, civil rights, and human relations, as well as general information about illegal discrimination.