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Human Rights Awards in a timely manner

WATERLOO (KWWL)--According the Waterloo Human Rights Commission Executive Director David Meeks, the amount of hate crimes in the area has steady risen due to this summers floods and the economic downturn.

"I think it has a lot to do with frustrations people have when you are at the point of leaving your home or you've been displaced from your home... to have your race, characteristics, gender, ablility, another motivational fact is a burdensome thing," Meeks said.

To help raise money for the collaborated effort of the waterloo commission on human rights, the group held its 11th annual human rights award luncheon today.

5 awards were given out to community members of waterloo and surrounding areas.

The awards were given to volunteers who helped increase the quality of life in their community.

The 2009 awards included the Community Citizen Award to Rev. Belinda Creighton-Smith, the Service Sector Award to Lutheran Services in Iowa, the Education Award to Elaine Pfalzgraf, the Private Sector Award to ConAgra Foods, the Outstanding Youth Awards to Haley Eckerman and Katie Reiter, and Special Recognition to Nadia Korobova and Barbara Culpepper-Scheel.

ONLINE REPORTER/ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: JACKIE MANTERNACH

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