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COMBATING HATE AND BIGOTRY
TRAINING AGAINST BIAS
PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
ADVOCATING HATE CRIME LEGISLATION
SUPPORTING THE STATE OF ISRAEL
LITIGATING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
ENCOURAGING INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
PROMOTING HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people
and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now one of the nation’s premier civil rights/human
relations agencies, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends demo-
cratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. A leader in the development of materials, programs
and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse
groups, carrying out our mission through a network of 30 Regional and Satellite Offices in the
United States as well as offices abroad.
Visit our Web site: www.adl.org
It has often been said since September 11, 2001, that nothing will be the
same again and that serious issues have for the first time, in a long while,
returned to the center of American life.
We at ADL do not disagree with these perceptions. We also know,
however, that our agenda has focused on issues of hatred and terrorism for
some time — matters we have always deemed serious. What’s changed is the
recognition since September 11 that hate is now everyone’s problem.
For us it means not changing our message and our mission — fighting
against anti-Semitism and attacks on the Jewish people and working for
respect for all people — but to have our principles and programs understood
and accepted by a far wider public.
We have long believed — and events of this year reaffirm this belief —
that the struggle for a world in which hatred is reduced and respect enhanced
requires a comprehensive approach. There is no magic wand to achieve solu-
That is why we address and will continue to address issues from
diverse perspectives: short-term action such as speaking out promptly when-