Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa - Potential benefits of a community ID

Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa and others are proposing a community ID program for Iowa City and Johnson County. It’s the first Midwest location to seriously discuss implementation. The aim is to help a substantial number of people who cannot access basic services without an ID, one that would be recognized by local law enforcement, public agencies and businesses.

A primary target group is immigrants, including undocumented people who are working locally but face difficulties in conducting everyday business and often are hesitant to contact legal authorities about possible criminal actions they have endured. Others it could assist include seniors who no longer can drive and don’t have a driver’s license and victims of natural disasters and domestic abuse.

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