The Iowa Task Force for Young Women (ITFYW) was formed in 1995, as a subcommittee of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council (JJAC).  The JJAC serves as Iowa’s State Advisory Group for administration of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.  The ITFYW exists to address the spectrum of issues related to females and juvenile justice and to offer their expert advice to the JJAC and others.  The goal of the ITFYW has been, and continues to be, to facilitate a comprehensive fundamental change in the juvenile justice system that will enhance the understanding and utilization of the female-responsive approach in all settings that involve the adolescent female population of Iowa’s juvenile justice system.