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Human Rights Committee

A STATEMENT from the Committee

October 31, 2018

During the last week, our nation experienced a spate of violent hate crimes via mail throughout the nation and physically in Kentucky and Pittsburgh. These actions are a direct attack on the Human Rights Committee’s core values of respecting diversity and promoting freedom from bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and disrespect. We are deeply troubled by these recent incidents and condemn these hateful actions.

Everyone deserves to live, work, and learn in a safe and secure environment where hateful acts are not tolerated.

Our town needs your active participation in creating a safe, inclusive, and welcoming Easton community. If you’re looking for ways to facilitate this environment, please consider the following actions:

  • Seek to find and value each other’s humanity, even those with whom we disagree;
  • Consider and respect others’ perspectives and how their life experiences shape their points of view;
  • Work with individuals who look, act, and live differently than you, to pursue the common good;
  • Demand and defend equality for every person;
  • Confront bias, prejudice, and discrimination in all forms, from all sources.

Please continue to report any bias incidents or civil rights violations to the police department.

The Human Rights Committee welcomes your input and participation in upcoming HRC meetings. Please visit the Town of Easton calendar for a list of upcoming meetings.

Easton's Human Rights Committee is a group of Easton residents dedicated to building a stronger, more unified Town—free from bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and disrespect. Current membership includes nine (9) at-large citizens, one (1) Board of Selectmen member, one (1) School Committee member, and one (1) Civil Rights Officer. Our meetings usually take place on the second Thursday of each month and are open to the public.

Our Mission

  • To promote Easton’s vision of a community that has as its core values freedom from bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and disrespect.
  • To build a stronger, more unified Town that respects and recognizes both our diversity and our commonalities.
  • To work with community groups and agencies to educate and to promote understanding to eliminate prejudice and intolerance.
  • To confront statements and actions that conflict with the core values expressed above.
Read a full copy of the Human Rights Committee’s charge, adopted by the Selectmen on March 23, 2009 and amended on February 26, 2018.

View the latest Human Rights Committee flyer.

Download the 2018-2019 Easton Guide to Holiday Observance.

Current Members

Name Membership Term Expiration
Ilisabeth Bornstein Chair 06/30/2020
Karen Chan Vice Chair 06/30/2020
Craig Barger BOS Representative 06/30/2019
Amy Gershman Member 06/30/2019
Irene Deane Member 06/30/2020
Alikki Kiniklis Member 06/30/2021
Beth Devonshire Member 06/30/2021
Michelle Durrance School Committee Representative 06/30/2019
Tiffany Sears Member 06/30/2019
Alison Urciuoli Member 06/30/2019
Faiza Bokhari Member 06/30/2021
Matthew Badoud Civil Rights Officer  


American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLU)
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Anti-Defamation League of New England (ADL)
Hate Has No Home Here
Bystander Resources
Boston Active Bystander Coalition Facebook Page


The Human Rights Committee welcomes questions and comments. Please email us at