The mission of the Rutherford Civil Rights Commission is to eliminate discrimination, increase public awareness of civil rights through advocacy and education, provide information and referrals, and offer conflict resolution services and mediation for civil rights matters. The Commission envisions Rutherford as a community that fosters dignity, respect, understanding, and acceptance of all citizens. The Commission holds a yearly Multicultural Festival as well.


Former Councilman and Rutherford Civil Rights Commissioner Robert Wesp is one of the founders and pioneers of the Civil Rights Commission of the State of New Jersey. The Civil Rights Commission of Rutherford is the first organization of its kind in Bergen County. The purpose of the commission is to protect our diverse community’s civil rights. We put into practice the intent and spirit of the New Jersey law against discrimination as well as the federal and state civil rights laws.

Interview with Mr. Wesp

The Commission

Steve Way
Beverly Khan Pal
Alcides Aguasvivas
Jessica Lezcano
Sami Abuauad
Shefali Pilar
Christie Del Rey-Cone
Ginny Perrin
Mark Tenn
Esther Gatria
Paul Frazier
Lori Rosario-Griffin