Civil & Human Rights Department moves to new location


Civil and Human Rights staffDES MOINES, IOWA — Thursday, February 27, 2020 — The City of Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Department is moving to a new office location this week in order to enhance the department’s ability to provide services to the community. As of Friday, February 28, staff will be relocated from the City’s Armory building to newer facilities at Polk County River Place.

“This move signifies the potential for our department to increase the City’s efforts to advance justice, promote equality and ensure the protection of human rights for all people in Des Moines,” said Joshua V. Barr, director of the Civil & Human Rights Department. “Our staff members are energized and excited about this new opportunity for growth.”

The Civil & Human Rights Department is responsible for investigating reports of civil rights violations and working with the Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission to organize community education, advocacy and engagement opportunities, such as the City’s upcoming Civil & Human Rights Symposium event on March 18 at Drake University.

While phone numbers and email addresses to reach department staff will remain the same, the department’s new mailing address will be located at 2309 Euclid Avenue. Residents with questions can reach staff at or by calling (515) 283-4284.

Joshua V. Barr
Director, Civil & Human Rights Department
(515) 283-4284

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