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Human Rights Committee

March 20, 2021

Statement Against Violence and Anti-Asian Sentiments Faced by Asian Communities

Since March 2020, Stop AAPI Hate (Stop AAPI Hate) reported nearly 3,800 incidents against our Asian community nationwide and in Massachusetts. Incidents range from verbal harassment to assaults, mostly directed at our women and elderly community members. The Town of Easton’s Human Rights Committee (HRC) is deeply saddened by the continued spike in Anti- Asian Pacific Islanders (AAPI) hatred against our AAPI brothers and sisters.

Read the full statement.

About The Committee

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 2020-2021 Easton Guide to Holiday Observance.

How to Donate

To donate to the Committee, please make checks payable to “Town of Easton” accompanied by a memo that describes where and how you’d like the gift to be spent. If you’d like your gift to remain anonymous, please say so in your memo.

Example: This gift is intended for "Hate Has No Home Here" signs. This gift should remain anonymous.

Checks can be mailed or delivered to Town Hall, 136 Elm Street, Easton, MA 02356. All donations and requests must be accepted by the Board of Selectmen.

To determine whether or not your donation is tax deductible, please contact a tax professional.

Current Members

Name Membership Term Expiration
Ilisabeth Bornstein Cochair 06/30/2023
Karen Chan Cochair 06/30/2023
Irene Deane Vice Chair 06/30/2023
Alison Urciuoli Vice Chair 06/30/2022
Craig Barger BOS Representative 06/30/2021
Amy Gershman Member 06/30/2022
Kristin Hay Member 06/30/2021
Beth Devonshire Member 06/30/2021
Michelle Durrance School Committee Representative 06/30/2021
Katherine Foster Member 06/30/2022
Stephanie Cantave Member 06/30/2021
Matthew Badoud Civil Rights Officer  




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