Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 46 Years of Working Toward a State Free of Discrimination Through Enforcement of Civil Rights Laws, Annual Report FY2011

(2011) Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 46 Years of Working Toward a State Free of Discrimination Through Enforcement of Civil Rights Laws, Annual Report FY2011. Civil Rights Commission

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Abstract

The mission of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission is to end discrimination within the state of Iowa. To achieve this goal, the ICRC must effectively enforce the Iowa Civil Rights Act. The ICRA will be as effective as the Commission is in processing complaints of discrimination. The ICRC undertook significant steps forward in improving the timeliness and competency by which complaints of discrimination are processed. The screening unit was increased with special emphasis on improving the quality and quantity of the analysis of the initial screening decisions. The investigative process for nonhousing cases was completely overhauled. The improved process builds on the screening decision and focuses on the issues raised in that decision. The new process will help the ICRC reduce a significant backlog for non-housing cases. Additionally, we revamped the mediation program by moving to an allvolunteer mediation program. Over 20 Iowa lawyers volunteered to help the ICRC resolve complaints through alternative dispute resolution.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: civil rights, annual report
Subjects: Social issues and programs > Civil and human rights
State government > State agencies
ID Code: 13065
Deposited By: Tom Keyser
Deposited On: 31 May 2012 16:32
Last Modified: 31 May 2012 16:32
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/13065

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