The University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls has hosted a federal hate crimes conference focused on the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Jr. Hates Crimes Prevention Act.
The Tuesday conference was held on the anniversary of the death
Shepard, a gay, 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming
who died when he was beaten and tied to a remote fence post in
1998. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District
of Iowa sponsored the conference.
Federal, state and local prosecutors attended the conference and
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose said recent suicides of young people
harassed because of their sexual orientation are "terrible
reminders of the consequences of intolerance."
Federal prosecutors said victims of hate crimes should contact