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Mayor Bowser Launches New Spanish Language Employment Website, Announces $100,000 Grant to Support Bilingual Work Readiness Programs

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
New Website Will Increase Access to Employment Services for Residents Whose Primary Language Is Spanish

(Washington, DC) – Today, during Fair Shot February, the Bowser Administration launched a new full service Spanish language Department of Employment Services (DOES) website: DOES en español. The new user-friendly digital platform will allow Limited English Proficient (LEP) and Non-English Proficient (NEP) residents to access information about DOES programs and services in Spanish. On the new website, residents can file for unemployment benefits; file a wage theft claim; register for the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program; analyze labor statistics for the District of Columbia; find information about Paid Family Leave; and learn about DOES programs, apprenticeships trainings, and employment opportunities.

“With this new website, we’re building a more inclusive DC Government, expanding access to our employment services, and ensuring more residents can participate in our city’s prosperity,” said Mayor Bowser. “With the $100,000 grant, we can create new opportunities for District residents; and with the new website, we can make sure our residents and community organizations know about those opportunities.”

The Department of Employment Services is the first DC Government agency to launch a Spanish website. The goal of the new website is to improve the customer service experience of LEP and NEP residents, increase access to programs, and promote inclusivity and diversity. As an extension of the Department of Employment Services’ website, the Spanish language site includes all of the options and categories that are on the English website. The Spanish website also allows residents to access information regarding upcoming employment and training opportunities at the DC Infrastructure Academy, Project Empowerment, American Job Centers, Back to Work 50+, DC Networks and more.

“DOES has placed an increased emphasis on providing individualized support that is tailored to the needs of our diverse customers,” said DOES Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes. “Recognizing underserved communities are less confined by geographical boundaries than they are impacted by cultural influence, our Spanish language site enhances our ability to serve residents in our Latino community efficiently.”

In addition to the new website, the Bowser Administration also announced a new $100,000 grant that will expand access to bilingual work readiness training services in high-demand and rapidly growing job sectors. DOES will use the grant funding to partner with community organizations that provide literacy programs (e.g. English as a second language courses) and supportive services (e.g. intensive case management) intended to reduce barriers to employment for parents of school-aged children.

DOES is the District’s lead labor, workforce development agency and is responsible for providing District residents with critical employment readiness and job training services. The agency oversees Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programming, Unemployment Insurance, the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, Project Empowerment, L.E.A.P., DC Career Connections, and additional supportive programs for veterans and workers. To learn more about the programs and services offered at DOES, visit does.dc.gov or es.does.dc.gov.