Iowa Department of Human Rights Newsletter

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October 14, 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.

We are hiring! 

The Iowa Department of Human Rights is seeking an Accountant 2. This position is responsible for performing accounting duties related to the fiscal operations of the department.  For job details, visit

Latino College Access Network (Latinos CAN)

With the 2023-2024 FAFSA form now available, now is a good time to look at some resources to help students succeed in their postsecondary education.

The Latinos College Access Network is a statewide initiative that strives to improve access to higher education and help students improve and achieve their educational and career aspirations through Latinos CAN goals; empower and equip Latinos; educate and support Iowa’s educational systems on Latino students strengths and needs; and impact policy changes within Latinos CAN and in Iowa’s educational systems. 

The Iowa Department of Human Rights and its partners developed resources that include include a Guide to Iowa’s Educational System for Latino Students and Families, FAFSA videos, FAFSA roadmaps, scholarship database, data dashboard, asset map, and more.  

More information can be found on the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ website:

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit 2022

Registration is open for the upcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit.  To register and view workshop and speaker schedule, visit

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit 2022

2022 Refugee Summit - Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa 

Join the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa for the 2022 Refugee Summit.  The summit will offer community partners tools and resources to better serve the increase in arrivals coming to Iowa from Afghanistan, Ukraine, as well as other countries through regular refugee resettlement.  The event is open to the public, all are welcome. 

What:  2022 Refugee Summit

When:  November 10, 2022, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where:  Franklin Jr. High, 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50310


Deaf or Hard of Hearing Indicator on License/ID

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can request a hearing status indicator ("deaf" or "hard of hearing") on your driver's license or ID Card.  According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, if you choose to add this to your license or ID, it will also be visible in the database used by law enforcement to lookup a driver’s information during a traffic stop. This information may help officers better understand a customer’s behavior if they appear to be non‐responsive to verbal questions due to their hearing status, resulting in a more successful interaction with a deaf or hard-of-hearing individual. This is a voluntary indicator and is not a restriction of driving privileges.  Visit the Iowa Department of Transportation website for information and a video with American Sign Language on customer services for Iowans who are deaf or hard of hearing.  

People's Law Library

The State Library of Iowa and its partners have launched an online legal resource ( for Iowans to easily understand laws specific to Iowa.  The website includes information on legal topics such as consumer law, family law, and landlord/tenant law, as well as guidance on researching legal issues, and more.  Some examples of topics include:  

Consumer Law - Learn more about buying and owning a home, paying for utilities (like gas and electricity), buying and owning a vehicle, debtor/creditor law, student loans, protecting your identity, and small claims court.

Family Law  -  Learn more about changing your name and legal identity changes, paternity, custody & visition, child support, parental rights, foster care & adoption, guardianship, emancipation, marriage, and divorce.

Landlord/Tenant  -   Learn more about renting a home in Iowa, including discrimination in housing, leases, property conditions and repairs, evictions, mobile homes, and public and subsidized housing.

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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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