ADL Welcomes President Clinton's Strong Resolve to Work for Passage of Federal Hate Crimes Law in Wake of Recent Murder in Alabama
New York, New York, March 5, 1999
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed
President Clintons strong resolve to work for passage of the
Federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA).
The importance of this act has been underscored not only by the
tragic racial murder of James Byrd in Texas and the horrific killing of Matthew Shepard in
Wyoming last year but also by the most recently reported brutal hate crime, the killing of
Billy Jack Gaither in Alabama. Mr. Gaither was allegedly attacked because he was gay.
The HCPA will expand the Federal Governments ability to prosecute bias-motivated
crimes and insure that the perpetrators of such crimes are brought to justice. This
legislation will address hate violence in states where individuals are not protected
either because a state does not have a hate crimes law or because one or more groups is
not protected under the existing law.
ADL regards passage of this bill as one of its highest legislative priorities.
Every American deserves protection against hate violence.
The League has been a pioneer in drafting and promoting hate crimes laws across the
country since 1981. Forty states have now enacted statutes based on or similar to
ADLs model legislation.
Editors Note: To arrange and interview with an ADL expert or to receive ADL
material on hate crimes or hate crimes legislation, please call (212) 885-7749 or
weekends, (212) 885-7911.
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.