Located in North Idaho, the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force has been active in the community since 1992. With a membership of well over 300, the Task Force works to promote tolerance, support human dignity, and educate adults and youth across the county.
From its inception, the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force has refused to sit quietly and “let it happen.” The members of the Task Force strive to speak out whenever the rights, the safety, or the dignity of any individual in our community are threatened by intolerance or bigotry. The Task Force is determined to help build a community in which every individual can live without fear or intimidation, a community in which every citizen’s strength and contribution is valued, respected, and encouraged. Please join us.
“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
– John F. Kennedy
BCHRTF's responsibility is to affirm the American principles and ideals of the inviolable dignity and worth of each human being. The mission of the BCHRTF is to promote and secure mutual understanding and respect among all people. BCHRTF recognizes that it is the racial, social, and cultural diversity of our people that makes Bonner County a rich and worthwhile place to live.
What we do
In addition to community activities, the Task Force organizes annual human rights conferences, aids in the development of school curriculum and promotes human-rights activity at the elementary, middle and high schools.
We also sponsor the Bonner County Endowment for Human Rights, a grant program that supports local organizations who are working to strengthen our community.
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
– Nelson Mandela
To provide a support system for people victimized by malicious harassment or intimidation. To be a resource for people experiencing discrimination based upon but not limited to: race, color, sex, ancestry, gender, religion, affectional/sexual orientation, age, disability, familial/marital status, socio-economic status or political affiliation
To provide and promote community education on bias and prejudice in furtherance of positive human relations and cultural diversity, recognizing that everyone should be equal under the law
To monitor and document incidents of intimidation, discrimination, and harassment. To work with other organizations, groups and individuals, encouraging them to be advocates for improving human relations
To facilitate the response of law enforcement agencies and government against intimidation, discrimination or harassment
To encourage the reporting of acts of intimidation, discrimination or harassment to an appropriate organization or agency
To seek assistance, advice, and support from other human rights organizations where necessary or appropriate