DES MOINES, Iowa – October 15, 2021 – The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is  hosting their Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Tribute on Saturday, October 23, 2021, in  recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The event will occur from 1-4 p.m. at La  Placita, 1524 E. Grand Avenue in Des Moines

This year’s Tribute will include live music, guest speakers, children’s activities, Catrin and Catrina  Contests, and hot chocolate and pan dulce – traditional Dia de los Muertos treats. The Coalition invites  the community to join them in remembering the names, faces, and stories of individuals who have lost  their lives to gender-based violence. Attendees are welcome to bring a photograph of a loved to place  on our ofrenda (alter) to honor and elevate the stories and names of individuals who have been taken  from their families and communities too soon. 

“Gender-based violence is a public health issue with serious consequences to individuals, families and  communities,” says Dr. Maria Corona, executive director of ICADV. “Supporting victims of crime takes all  of us, and our Annual Dia de los Muertos Tribute is the perfect opportunity for our community to come  together, recognize and support the stories and experiences of individuals who have experienced  violence.” 

Admission and activities at the Annual Dia de los Muertos Tribute are free, and masks are required. Pre registration is required for the Catrin and Catrina Contests, and there are two ways to participate – in person at the Tribute on October 23, or online. Please visit to register for the in-person  or online contests. Cash prizes for the top three entries will be awarded in each category. 

To learn more about ICADV’s activities during DVAM, their programs, or to connect with your local  victim service program, visit

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