Iowa Division of Latino Affairs
established as the governor’s Spanish-speaking task force
through legislative action on April 1974. At the time its primary
mission was to study the issues facing Spanish-Speaking persons.
The Task Force produced a report titled "Conoceme en Iowa."
years later the Sixty-sixth General Assembly approved and on July
1, 1976, Governor Robert Ray signed into law the Spanish-Speaking
People's Commission. Ten years later, in 1986, during an overall
reorganization of state government the Iowa Department of Human
Rights was formed, under which was placed the Spanish-Speaking
1990, the Commission and the Division were renamed Latino Affairs.
Today, the day-to-day work of the Commission is run by the Division
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