ADL Praises Renewed Congressional Effort to Expand Hate Crimes Legislation
Washington, D.C., March 27, 2001 Ö The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
re-introduction in Congress of a bill to expand federal hate crimes
legislation. The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act, which failed to pass
before Congress adjourned last year, received considerable support in both the
Senate and the House of Representatives.
"We are pleased that this bill is being introduced in the early months
of the 107th Congress," said Glen A. Tobias, ADL National
Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "This step
underscores the importance that key leaders in both parties have attached to the
issue of hate crimes. We fully intend to continue our leadership role in
coordinating a coalition of law enforcement, civic, religious, and civil rights
groups to advocate for the billís adoption."
The proposed hate crime measure would enable federal authorities to assist
local prosecutions, and, where appropriate, to investigate and prosecute cases
in which bias-motivated violence occurs because of the victimís race,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. Existing
law does not provide authority for federal involvement in sexual orientation,
gender or disability cases.
Forty-three states and the District of Columbia have adopted hate crimes
laws, many based on ADL model legislation. For more than two decades the League
has been a pioneer in drafting and promoting tougher hate crimes laws across the
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.