ADL PRESENTS PRESIDENT WITH BLUEPRINT FOR ACTION
IN ADVANCE OF WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON HATE CRIMES
Washington, D.C., November 4, 1997...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) presented
President Clinton with its new document, Hate Crimes: ADL Blueprint for
Action, in advance of the first White House Conference on Hate Crimes scheduled
for November 10. The publication is a compilation of ADL legislative, educational
and training initiatives to combat hate crimes and prejudice which can be
replicated in communities across the country.
"President Clinton is focusing national attention on a problem
that has long plagued this nation but has only recently emerged as a high
priority," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, and Howard
P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman. "Hatred hurts, and bigotry and
prejudice lie at the core of all hate crimes. These crimes can damage the
fabric of our society and leave minorities fearful, angry and unwilling
to trust authority."
"By convening this conference, the President has recognized the
importance of tackling bigotry and bias-motivated crimes head on. Yet,
the full potential of the conference will only be realized if it sparks
the development of a forward-looking national prevention and education strategy
to address hate crimes and the prejudice that motivates them," continued
Mr. Foxman and Mr. Berkowitz. "The League has drafted model hate crimes
legislation designed to prompt law enforcement training and provide more
severe penalties to perpetrators. More than forty states have enacted penalty-enhancement
laws based on the ADL model. The greatest challenge now in most jurisdictions
is not the enactment of legislation, but its the implementation--combined
with educational initiatives intended to deter such crimes."
Hate Crimes: ADL Blueprint for Action provides hate crimes prevention
and response strategies such as penalty enhancement laws, training for law
enforcement and the military, security for community institutions, and community
anti-bias awareness initiatives. The ADL report outlines anti-bias education
and diversity training programs such as A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute
Peer Training, and college and university-based anti-bias projects, and
also provides year-by-year information from the ADL Audit of Anti- Semitic
Incidents,ADL resources on hate violence counteraction, and state hate crime
EDITORS/PRODUCERS NOTE: Hate Crimes: ADL Blueprint for Action is available
on-line on NEXIS, search code USNW, and from the ADL Media Relations Department.
To arrange interviews with ADL experts contact the ADL Media Relations
Department at (212) 885-7749.
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.