Human Rights Commission

To report an incident of hate
Newburyport Police (978) 462-4411 or 911

It is the policy of the City of Newburyport to uphold the human rights of all persons in Newburyport and the free exercise and enjoyment of any rights and privileges secured by the Constitutions and laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This policy shall ensure equal opportunity to each person regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital, family or military status, source of income or disability where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, City services, insurance, banking, credit and health care. 

Who We Are

We are a City-appointed commission that works to promote and support a sense of welcome and inclusion for all residents within greater Newburyport.  We collaborate with other groups and organizations to promote our mission.

Contact the commission:


Name Title
Katherine Preftes Chair
Kathleen Shaw Community Liaison
Peter Blaiwas Commissioner
Thomas Getz Commissioner
Margaret McQuillan Commissioner
Sheila Trieff Commissioner
Katherine Goodkind Student Representative
Rose Robinson Student Representative
Caroline Walsh Student Representative
Owen Davis Student Representative
Ahmer Ibrahim Commissioner