Iowa Department of Human Rights Newsletter

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March 3, 2023

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!

Accountant 2 temporary position--deadline March 7, 2023

The State of Iowa Department of Human Rights is looking to fill a Temporary Accountant 2 position. This position is responsible for accounting duties related to the fiscal operations of the department.   For details, view the posting here:  State of Iowa Careers.

Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Nominations Open 

The Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honors women who make history for their contributions in a multitude of fields like education, arts, science, sports, and public service. If you would like to nominate someone for the 2023 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, please fill out the applicable nomination form with supporting materials and send them to by April 1, 2023.

For more information, visit the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.

March is Women's History Month

Looking for a way to celebrate and honor Women's History Month?  Learn more about women's contributions in Iowa and and society, and find resources on the Iowa Department of Human Rights' website:

March is Disability Awareness Month

During Disability Awareness Month (March) and every month, we celebrate communities of diverse backgrounds and abilities.  We work to reduce barriers for Iowans with disabilities to help them be successful in school, work, community, and civic life.  Learn more about additional services: 

Iowans with Disabilities Profile 2022

Click on image for additional pages linked to Iowa Data Center

Webinar - Iowa's ABLE Savings Plan for People with Disabilities

Iowa's ABLE accounts are tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities and their families. ABLE stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience.  People with disabilities and their families can save for disability-related expenses without losing their eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid. These accounts can be used for short-term savings or long-term investing, whatever best meets the needs of the account owner.

The Iowa State Treasurer’s IAble team and the Iowa DD Council are hosting a webinar to share information about IAble to help individuals with disabilities pursue financial freedom.  They will cover important facts about the plan, like Medicaid and enrollment updates, the ABLE Age Adjustment Act, and more!

Time:  Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 5:00-6:00 pm via Zoom

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IRS Free File

The IRS Free File Program is a public-private partnership between the IRS and many tax preparation and filing software industry companies who provide their online tax preparation and filing for free.  Filers can choose how to file their federal income tax online for free, either through a guided tax preparation or through fillable forms.  To learn more, go to the IRS Free File webpage.

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Cass County Public Health Chuukese Resources

Cass County Public health offers some resources in Chuukese, including informaton related to kidney disease, dental health, diabetes, heath heath, COVID, and more.  View the English and Chuukese versions here:

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Upcoming DHR Meetings

To view upcoming DHR public meetings, please visit the meetings calendar at You can view a schedule of all the meetings or filter it by boards, commissions, and councils.  

Are there other resources we should know about? Let us know.

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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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