Local Organizations



  • Welcome to the Iowa City Area

    The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (CWJ) unites low-wage workers across race, ethnicity, and immigration status to promote and defend workers’ rights on the job, tenants’ rights to safe and affordable housing, just immigration policies, and more equitable communities.

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  • American Friends Service Committee

    The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) promotes a world free of violence, inequality, and oppression.

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  • Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa

    The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (CWJ) unites low-wage workers across race, ethnicity, and immigration status to promote and defend workers’ rights on the job, tenants’ rights to safe and affordable housing, just immigration policies, and more equitable communities.

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  • Dioceses of Davenport Immigration Program

    The diocesan Immigration program is a non-profit program, it provides immigration counseling to help reunite families split by immigration, assists immigrants adjust their immigration status and advocates on their behalf. The immigration program focuses on family reunification immigration cases.

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  • Friendship Community Project

    Friendship Community Project is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, founded in 2015, dedicated to teaching English language and life skills to Iowa City area adult immigrants and refugees. We strive to impart English language skills necessary for success and to promote a sense of community belonging and practical assistance in accessing local resources and learning about our community and to serve as an anchor for those new to the community and culture who have not yet formed local ties.

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  • IC Compassion

    We equip people at their point of need to move out of poverty and inspire them to be of service to others.

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  • Iowa City Human Rights Commission

    Duties of the Commission include: Disseminating information to educate the public on illegal discrimination and civil rights, such as organizing and facilitating educational public forums that address one or more of the broad range of topics included within the rubric of human rights Making recommendations to the City Council for such further legislation concerning discrimination as it may deem necessary and desirable Cooperating within the limits of any appropriations made for its operation with other agencies or organizations both public and private whose purposes are not inconsistent with those of Title 2 of the City Code (Human Rights Ordinance) Planning programs and activities designed to eliminate racial, religious, cultural and other intergroup tensions including but not limited to sex, color, creed, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age and national origin.

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  • Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors

    Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors has been serving low-income clients in our communities since 1999. Established by the United Methodist Committee on Relief in 1999, Iowa JFON helps people from all over the world. Our services are available to all without regard to race, gender, or religion. Clinics are located in Cedar Rapids, Columbus Junction, Decorah, Des Moines, Ottumwa, Marshalltown and Storm Lake.

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  • Johnson County's Community ID Program

    What is the Johnson County Community ID? It is a local-government issued photo identification available to residents of Johnson County. The ID was established to ensure that all members of our diverse community are welcomed and can participate fully in the economic and social life of our county.

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  • League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa

    LULAC has fought for full access to the political process and equal educational opportunity for all Hispanics. LULAC’s continues to play an active role in these efforts. LULAC councils across the United States hold voter registration drives, citizenship awareness sessions, sponsor health fairs and tutorial programs, and raise scholarship money for the LULAC National Scholarship Fund. This fund, in conjunction with LNESC (LULAC National Educational Service Centers), has assisted almost 10 percent of the 1.1 million Hispanic students who have gone to college.

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  • Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County

    This group of concerned neighbors shared a simple desire to create a more peaceful neighborhood. They decided they needed a common space – a neighborhood center – where children could gather for safe and fun after school activities. A place where families could meet to know one another.

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  • Refugee and Immigrant Association (RIA)

    Welcome to the Refugee and Immigrant Association website. We are a group led in large part by former refugees helping new refugees in both Johnson and Linn Counties in Iowa.

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  • University of Iowa: Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE)

    The Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence (CIAE) provides: Pre-college student development. Assistance with facilitating the enrollment process. Academic coaching.

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  • University of Iowa: International Students and Scholar Services

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  • University of Iowa: UI Center for Human Rights

    The UICHR hosts diverse collaborative events and innovative programs, teaches Human Rights courses, and engages in scholarly work reaching the UI community, the state of Iowa, and beyond. The Center, a unit of the UI College of Law, teaches and collaborates with community organizations and UI departments, scholars, and student groups. UICHR’s publicly engaged programs and initiatives include:

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