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ADL Presents Hate Crimes and Extremism Program to United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Date: July 19, 2013

The Washington, DC Regional Office together with ADL’s Civil Rights Policy Planning Center presented a program to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) entitled, Facing off Against Violent Bigotry and Hate Groups: Understanding the Threat – and Tools to Address It.

Sponsored by the USDA’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights and the Office of Compliance, Policy, Training and Cultural Transformation, the program addressed hate crime laws and enforcement, hate crime data collection and the careful balance between protecting the First Amendment and combating hate speech. The program also provided an overview of extremism in America today and the primary extremist movements and threats, including domestic Muslim extremists, anti-government extremists, single issue extremists and white supremacists. Additionally, the audience learned about ADL’s many years of working to promote civil rights and comprehensive hate crimes legislation as well as our extensive efforts to monitor, track and expose extremist threats, including our wide-ranging resources and training for law enforcement.

At the close of the program, the Department of Agriculture’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Dr. Joe Leonard, Jr., thanked the League for their 100 years of tireless work combatting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and prejudice.

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