On December 18, 2012, the Iowa City Human Rights Commission recommended that the City implement a community identification card program with the goal of protecting the safety of undocumented and other vulnerable persons in Iowa City. In response to this recommendation, the City resolved to investigate this proposal. Eren Fleck and Jordan Moody, students in the 2013-14 AILP seminar prepared a report, "An Iowa City Community Identification Card," to assist the City Attorney and her staff in their research and deliberations. To ascertain the demand in Iowa City for a community identification card and the needs of the community, the AILP students worked with local community groups to survey hundreds of members of the community about their need for identification and the potential benefits they would want such a card to provide. The students also interviewed representatives from other cities or organizations that already operated community identification card programs.
The AILP students' report was released by the City of Iowa City in January 2014. In the months that followed, a community organizing campaign was undertaken by the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa in coalition with the Consultation of Religious Communities, Iowa City Federation of Labor, and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, to encourage Iowa City and other municipalities in Johnson County to introduce a community ID card. On April 9, 2015, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a community identification card program. It will be the first such program in the Midwest.