About Us

CWJ was founded in 2012 by a coalition of religious, community, labor and immigrant organizations, and is affiliated nationally with the Interfaith Worker Justice network.

CWJ members are currently organizing around the following priority issues:

  • Just workplaces: defending workers’ rights to proper payment and safe work
  • Decent & affordable housing: protecting and improving housing options for low-income residents
  • Civil rights: confronting discrimination and ensuring equal access to community services for all residents

Our Mission

The Center for Worker Justice unites low-wage workers in Eastern Iowa across race and immigration status to achieve social and economic justice through education, organizing, direct services and community alliances.

The Center for Worker Justice seeks to improve Eastern Iowa communities by coordinating projects to address injustices in areas such as: workplace conditions, civil rights, access to education, and the need for affordable housing.

CWJ Board of Directors

President: Sergio Irund A-Wan

Vice-President: Marcela Hurtado

Treasurer: Scott Smith

Secretary: Oscar Urizar

Board Members:

Ali Ahmed, Ana Cano, Brad Djeugang, Charlie Eastham, Fanai Galicia,  Father Rudy Juarez, Fatima Saeed, Irma Botello, Jennifer Xie, Jesse Case, Maria Cachua, Robin Clark, Royce Peterson.