Civil and Human Rights

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The Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission enforces illegal discrimination laws in the City of Des Moines. We believe in equality with respect and justice for all.

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We work to advance justice, promote equality and ensure the protection of human rights for all people in Des Moines through education, advocacy, community engagement and investigations of civil rights violations.

Our goal is to make Des Moines a leading example of protecting human rights and equality for all, with a culture of inclusiveness, respect and peace.

Office Location
Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310
Monday – Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Excluding City holidays

Contact Us
(515) 283-4284

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Breaking Bread, Building Bridges
Winner of the 2020 Upper Midwest Board of Governors Emmy® Award

The Breaking Bread, Building Bridges project was conceived to see what happens when people take the time to converse with one another despite their differences over one commonality all human beings share, the need to eat.

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Watch the documentary

If you are interested in volunteering with the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Department you can contact for more information.

Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Annual Report