Human Rights Commission


The MHRC’s mission involves work in the areas of housing, employment, education, public accommodation, city services, insurance, banking, credit and health care.


The Melrose Human Rights Commission (MHRC) was established in the early 1990s by the Office of the Mayor to provide a mechanism for resolving disputes among Melrose citizens that may involve an element of racial, religious, or ethnic prejudice, and to develop programs for promoting a spirit of diversity and respect for others regardless of their differences. The Commission exists to serve the citizens of Melrose and strongly encourages the participation of the city’s residents in programs supporting the Commission’s basic goals. The MHRC takes a proactive approach towards the support and defense of human rights in the city. Collaborating with various community partners, civic and faith-based organizations, and city agencies, the commission supports such efforts as the annual International Welcome Reception, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and dinner/program, and the Global Education in Melrose (GEM) program at Melrose High School. MHRC meetings are held monthly, with a public forum period during the first 1/2 hour.

Join Us Every Second Wednesday of the Month

Members of the Melrose community are invited to join the Human Rights Commission at its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of the month. Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: Cassidy Conference Room, City Hall, 2nd Floor. Please note: the Commission does not hold regular business meetings during the months of July and August.

Board Members

Name Title
Adam LaFrance Chairman
Ellyn Ruthstrom Treasurer
Brian Donovan Member
Kathy Harlow Member
Maya Jamaleddine Member
Michael Stankavish
Andrea Razi-Thomas