2009 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
The Anti-Defamation League is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all people. This organization fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the United States and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. Listed below are several initiatives which warrant recognition:
L.E.A.R.N.—The Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network website is a comprehensive and regularly updated database that tracks actionable information on extremist activities for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Information on hate symbols, extremist incidents and arrests, and training can be found on this website.
A World of Difference Institute—This initiative provides anti-bias education and training with curriculum and materials for pre-k through the university level, community groups, civic associations, and religious organizations.
Bearing Witness Program—This is a partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Archdiocese of Washington that provides Catholic school educators with the training and resources necessary to teach students about anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. This program is also responsible for maintaining relationships and dialogue with international, national, and local religious leaders of all faiths.
The Anti-Defamation League’s commitment to scrutinizing and exposing extremists and hate groups, fostering interfaith and intergroup relations, and developing educational programs that support these aims is exemplary and merits this award.