Human Rights

It is our pleasure to provide you with insight into the city's efforts to address alleged discrimination issues facing our community. On our website, you will find a number of proven programs, activities, and practical applications that have worked to increase the awareness of Waterloo citizens. Many efforts have been made to recognize our emerging diversity as a positive community asset. Please feel free to call us with any suggestions, questions, or ideas that could help improve the quality of life for all Waterloo citizens.

Please visit the Do You Know Your Rights? website to learn more about your civil rights.

Current Events

Building Healthy Communities Symposium

April 11—12, 2014

Area Education Agency
3712 Cedar Heights Drive
  Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Sponsored by Waterloo Commission on Human Rights

Free Registration All participants encouraged to register. Continuing Education Credits also available.


This symposium is designed for religious leaders, landlords, childcare providers, law enforcement, educators, administrators, policy makers, social workers, health professionals, business leaders, community activists—anyone committed to (1) ending sexual and domestic violence in community; and (2) ending the social and bureaucratic challenges associated with incarceration and returning to community with stigma and shame that diminishes quality of life for many persons.

This symposium aims to promote a better understanding of socioeconomic status, culture, gender, race, ethnicity, and the needs of vulnerable individuals and populations in our communities affected by sexual and domestic violence and incarceration. Come and learn first hand as we explore survivors’ stories and take away valuable information from trainers who are experts in their respective fields. Together, we can change our communities for the better!

Symposium Schedule

Friday, April 11, 2014
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Registration & Exhibits
  • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Program
  • Introduction/Symposium Purpose; Life Stories; Drs. Coleman and Trulear “Training Teasers”; and, Expectations for Saturday Training
    Saturday, April 12, 2014
  • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration & Exhibits
  • 9:00-12:00 - Workshop #1 (Coleman)
  • 12:00-1:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00-4:00 - Workshop #2 (Trulear)

For Additional Information or to register call Waterloo Commission on Human Rights


Note: April is designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as National Fair Housing Month. National Crime Victims Rights Week is April 6-12, 2014.

To Be Free At Last

A Human Rights Movement to end mass incarceration in the United States

We are asking all of community to join us in building a bold new movement to dismantle our nation's latest system of racial and social control and replace it with a broad-based commitment to basic human rights, compassion, and justice for all.

Join us, as we inspire a great awakening, bringing together and supporting all those who are committed to movement building, not just tinkering with the system as is. Join us, as we build a bold, courageous movement that will end not just mass incarceration, but forge a new moral consensus about how we, as a nation, ought to respond to poor people of color in the United States and embrace all of humanity.

Learn more at

Contact Information
Waterloo Human Rights Commission
620 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone:(319) 291-4441
Fax: (319) 291-4295
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm