The Anti-Defamation League is one of the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agencies fighting anti-Semitism, prejudice and bigotry, defending democratic ideas and safeguarding civil rights for all. The League is a leader in the development of materials, programs and services that build bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse racial, religious and ethnic groups.
Established in 1913 to combat virulent anti-Semitism and discrimination, the ADL is at the cutting edge of the struggle for civil rights in America. Through its network of 32 Regional and Satellite Offices, the ADL combats all forms of discrimination, racism, extremism, terrorism and hate crimes through many valuable programs and publications: Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, Danger: Extremism -The Major Vehicles and Voices on America's Far Right, Vigilante Justice: Militias and "Common Law Courts" Wage War Against the Government and Law Enforcement Bulletin.
Through activities of its institute and foundation, the ADL plays a key role in promoting effective legislative counterterrorism initiatives in the Middle East and the world over, as well as in educating the American public on the threat of terrorism. A newly expanded Education Division offers: anti-bias training programs, STOP THE HATE projects in four high schools across the country, resources to explore the lessons of the Holocaust and help to students and faculty from its Campus Affairs program.
Internationally, the ADL maintains close ties with national and international leaders and meets with government officials, worldwide. Recent missions have been to Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia and Eastern Europe. Believing that all people -- regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation -- are entitled to basic human rights, the ADL seeks to eliminate injustice in all areas of life.
National Director, ADL
World-renowned as a leader in the fight for human rights, Abraham H. Foxman is at the forefront of major issues of the day, speaking out against hatred and violence wherever they occur in Oklahoma City, Harlem, Bosnia or the Middle East. A frequent visitor to national news programs on the major networks, Mr. Foxman also regularly confers with elected officials and community leaders here and abroad.
A Holocaust survivor, Mr. Foxman is a member of the President's UN Holocaust Memorial Council and is a recognized authority on this subject. He has helped to focus worldwide attention on the heroic efforts of Christian rescuers of Jews and has been a leader in developing educational programs in this area. In addition to being an accomplished author, Mr. Foxman was the first co-recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Donald R. Mintz Freedom and Justice Award for his efforts in furthering Black-Jewish relations.
National Chairman, ADL
Elected Chairman in 1997, Howard P. Berkowitz has been a longtime ADL leader with a broad range of experience, actively involved in all aspects of the ADL'S work. As a strong proponent of educational programming to promote tolerance and understanding, he is dedicated to advancing civil rights and safeguarding the separation of church and state.
Internationally, Mr. Berkowitz regularly confers with elected officials and community leaders both here and abroad, consulting in Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Egypt and Jordan. An alum of Wharton School and recipient of an M.B.A. from NYU, Mr. Berkowitz has considerable experience as a research analyst and investment fund partner.