Iowa Department of Human Rights Newsletter

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February 18, 2022

The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) brings strength to Iowa's rich heritage.  Our three divisions - Community Action Agencies, Community Advocacy and Services, and Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning - work to reduce cultural, social, and economic barriers to opportunities for Iowans to succeed.

Are you interested in serving in a decision-making role in government?

Would you like to play an important role in culture, education, the environment, the economy, health or any other aspect of life in our state?  If so, a good place to start is the Iowa Talent Bank.  Housed at the Iowa Department of Human Rights, the Iowa Talent Bank is the on-line portal to share your qualifications and interests, and where you go to apply to serve on specific boards and commissions for the State of Iowa.  When you visit the Iowa Talent Bank website at, you can explore the many boards and commissions and learn more about what they do, you can create a personal profile, and you can submit that profile to apply to specific boards or commissions that are interesting to you.  

Here is a short video on how to create an account and apply. 

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Celebrating Black History Month

We continue to celebrate Black History Month in February.  This month is an opportunity to to learn more about African-Americans in Iowa. 

The State Data Center of Iowa and the Department of Human Rights' Commission on the Status of African-Americans has published the 2022 profile of African-Americans in our state.  Click on the image below to learn more about the population of African-Americans in Iowa and their contributions to Iowa's workforce and economy. 

AA Profile 2022

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State expands services to help Iowans experiencing homelessness

The Iowa Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Project is a pilot initiative, funded by more than $21 million obligated by Governor Kim Reynolds from the state’s federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA2) program allocation, to assist families and individuals quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing.

Iowa RRH Project resources are anticipated to become available statewide during the second quarter of 2022. Individuals and families seeking assistance must apply through the regional Coordinated Entry system. Continue reading...

Protect yourself from tax scams

With tax season underway, so is the opportunity for scammers to steal your personal information, identity, and money.   The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information, demand payment, or make threats to have you arrested.  

Click here to learn more about other tax scams and how to report them:  IRS Tax Scams  

American Sign Language YouTube Video:  IRS YouTube Video 

COVID-19 Language Resources

American Sign Language Videos-CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Resources for Limited English Proficient Populations

Congolese Health Partnership Videos

Coronavirus, State Website

Crescent Community Health Center-Marshallese Language

EMBARC Ethnic Minorities of Burma and Advocacy and Resource Center

Hawaii Office of Language Access-Youtube

Iowa Department of Human Rights-Language Access

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Spanish Helpline 515-344-3936 

Multi-Lingual Hotline  1-877-558-2609

Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa  

Test Iowa-Free COVID-19 Test Kits 

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Iowa Department of Human Rights
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-242-5640 or 1-800-351-4659
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