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Hispanic Emphasis Program

Program Manager: Matthew Whithed
Phone: 406-363-5010 extension 109
E-mail: Matthew Whithed

The Hispanic Emphasis Program was established initially by a Presidential Directive in 1970 as a Sixteen Point Program for Spanish-Speaking Americans. It was designed to assure consideration of the needs and problems of persons of Hispanic origin in all aspects of Federal personnel management. Hispanics are persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Program Objectives

  • Ensure the Hispanic community receives equal treatment in all aspects of employment.
  • Seek placement of Hispanics to increase the total number employed in professional, administrative, technical and other occupations.
  • Ensure equal opportunity for advancement in accordance with their abilities.
  • Provide opportunities to participate in training and training programs.

Women and Hispanic Claims Program

The United States Government is establishing a Claims Process to make available up to $1.33 billion or more to farmers who alleged discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on being female, or based on being Hispanic, in making or servicing farm loans during certain periods between 1981 and 2000. If you qualify and submit a timely claim, you could receive an award of up to $50,000 or up to $250,000 in cash, depending on the evidence that you submit. USDA will also provide a total of up to $160 million in debt relief to successful Claimants who currently owe USDA money for eligible farm loans. Successful Claimants may also receive an additional amount, equal to 25% of the combined cash award plus the principal amount of debt relief, to help pay federal taxes that may be owed.

Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims between September 24, 2012 and May 1, 2013.

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El gobierno de los Estados Unidos está estableciendo un Proceso de Reclamos para poner $1.33 mil millones a disposición de agricultores que alegan que hubo discriminación de parte del Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. (USDA - U.S. Department of Agriculture) por ser mujer o hispano, al solicitar préstamos o servicio de administración de préstamos durante ciertos períodos entre 1981 y 2000. Si usted califica y envía un reclamo oportunamente, puede recibir una compensación de hasta $50,000 o hasta $250,000 en efectivo, según la evidencia que presente. El USDA también brindará un total de hasta $160 millones para condonar deudas de los Reclamantes cuyos reclamos prosperen que actualmente deban sumas de dinero al USDA por créditos para granjas elegibles. Los Reclamantes cuyos reclamos prosperen pueden también recibir un monto adicional igual al 25 % de la compensación en efectivo combinada más el monto principal de la condonación de deuda, a los fines de colaborar en el pago de los impuestos federales que puedan adeudarse.

Fecha Límite para la Presentación de Reclamos: mayo 1 de 2013

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Período de Reclamaciones para Agricultores y Ganaderos Hispanos, y Mujeres Agricultoras y Ganaderas que Alegan Discriminación Pasada por el USDA (PDF; 63 KB)

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