ADL Welcomes House Vote in Support
of Federal Hate Crimes Legislation
Washington, DC, September 13, 2000 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
welcomed today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in support of
legislation to expand federal hate crimes laws. The vote marks the first time
the House has voted in support of this measure, the Local Law Enforcement
"This important House action puts us squarely on track to secure
enactment of this necessary legislation before Congress adjourns this
fall," said Howard P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H.
Foxman, ADL National Director. "We will continue our leadership role in
coordinating a coalition of law enforcement, civic, religious and civil rights
groups in support of this vital measure."
The hate crime measure endorsed by a majority of House members today was
approved by the Senate in June by broad bipartisan vote of 57-42. The measure,
part of the Department of Defense Authorization Bill, would enable the federal
Department of Justice to assist local prosecutions and, where appropriate,
investigate and prosecute cases in which the bias violence occurs because of the
victim’s 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 also passed hate crime
statutes, many based on model legislation drafted by ADL. The League has been a
pioneer in drafting and promoting tougher hate crimes laws across the country.
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.