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Please halt all distribution of AJFA posters, per USDA.

" Per the USDA, no more AJFA posters should be distributed/disseminated until further notice by FNS or by State or local agencies and no management evaluation (ME) findings should be cited against State or local agencies/clinics/sites for a situation of lacking display of the “And Justice for All” poster. For MEs or monitoring reviews that identify an agency or clinic lacks a nondiscrimination poster, please cite this as an observation so it can be followed up at a future time when new posters become available nationwide.
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To All State Agencies, WIC, FMNP, and SFMNP, Southwest Region--

The following is information regarding the change in display and distribution of the And Justice for All (AJFA) posters.  We received information from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, USDA, that the USDA “And Justice for All” posters (AD-475C and AD-475A) have an issue with the poster graphics such that

1)      no more posters should be distributed/disseminated until further notice by FNS or by State or local agencies and

2)      no management evaluation (ME) findings should be cited against State or local agencies/clinics/sites for a situation of lacking display of the “And Justice for All” poster

3)      For MEs or monitoring reviews that identify an agency or clinic lacks a nondiscrimination poster, please cite this as an observation so it can be followed up at a future time when new posters become available nationwide.

4)     
 “And Justice for All” posters (any AD-475 A, B, or C) currently on display are not required to be taken down.

The nondiscrimination policy statement and the complaint handling policy/procedures are still in effect and remain unchanged.  There are six protected classes plus no retaliation or reprisal for prior civil rights activities.

This instruction is in effect until further notice from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, USDA.




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