Human Rights Commission


The Human Rights Commission was formed in 1968 shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The purpose of the Commission is to aid and advise the City Council in ensuring for all citizens of the city equal opportunity in those areas protected by law and in such other affairs as may affect the social standards of the city.

Discrimination Helpline

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights launched a Discrimination Helpline in April 2020. Call 1-833-454-0148. You can also file a report at the Department of Human Rights website.

With the recent tragic events in Georgia, local commissions are being asked to help promote this important resource for making reports of discrimination. According to Stop AAPL Hate, from March 2020 to February 2021, there have been 3,795 bias and discrimination incidents reported against the API community nationally. 


Meeting information

The Commission typically meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Due to COVID-19, meetings are held virtually until further notice. Log-in info will be posted on the event's calendar entry.

Contact the Commission

To learn more about the Human Rights Commission and its work, contact Staff Liaison Melissa Wurst-Persaud at 952-563-4950 or email

HRC commissioners

Kari Barber Vice Chairperson February 28, 2022
Mollie Bousu Chair February 28, 2023
Darringer Funches Commissioner February 29, 2024
Maggie Mills Youth Commissioner August 31, 2021
Katrina Moberg Youth Commissioner August 31, 2021
Claudia Santana Commissioner February 29, 2024
Anita Smithson Commissioner February 28, 2023
Lezlie Taylor Commissioner February 28, 2023
Stephanie Wiersma Commissioner February 28, 2022

May we speak to your group?

Better understanding comes through improved communications. The Commission members are available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.