From the beginning, ADL recognized the importance of addressing not only the defamation of the Jewish people, but simultaneously understood the importance of securing "justice and fair treatment to all..."
ADL welcomed President Obama's call on Americans to “seek out our shared humanity” in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown and applauded the president's engagement of Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice to ensure that justice, civil rights and public safety are served and that “…our constitutional rights to speak freely, to assemble, and to report in the press [are] vigilantly safeguarded.”
ADL submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee welcoming its hearings on the Voting Rights Amendment Act and expressed strong support for the proposed legislation.
In its testimony, ADL emphasized that passage of the pending Voting Rights Amendment Act is "critical to enforcing the constitutional prohibition on racial discrimination in voting and protecting the fundamental right to vote for all Americans."
Read about ADL's work in the courts from this past term.
Amicus curiae, literally "friend of the court," briefs have proven to be one of the most effective means of achieving ADL's goal of "securing justice and fair treatment to all..." Such briefs are filed by groups who are not parties to a particular dispute but nevertheless have a stake in its outcome.
As a civil rights organization with a stake in many different types of litigation, ADL has filed amicus briefs in cases involving issues that range from the separation of church and state to racial discrimination to marriage equality.