New York,NY, May 13, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) for its decision to study and make recommendations on how to more effectively address the problem of bullying and cyberbullying.
"Working to create safe, inclusive schools and communities is a top priority for ADL, and the involvement of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in helping to identify strategies to address bullying is a welcome development," said Deborah M. Lauter, ADL Civil Rights Director. "We believe the Commission can productively complement the efforts of the Obama Administration, which has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to addressing bullying in a comprehensive and inclusive manner."
At a USCCR briefing held today in Washington, D.C.on "Federal Enforcement of Civil Rights Laws to Protect Students Against Bullying, Violence and Harassment," ADL presented testimony (PDF) that:
"USCCR has frequently played a productive role in the past in studying and collecting information about national problems involving discrimination and unfair treatment against Americans, including hate crimes and campus anti-Semitism," Ms. Lauter said. "Partnerships with federal, state, and local public agencies, non-profit, community organizations, and colleges and universities help ensure that our schools and communities are safe for all students."
ADL takes a broad, holistic approach to addressing bullying and cyberbullying, tracking the nature and magnitude of the problem, developing education and training programs, and advocating at the state and federal levels for policies and programs that can make a difference.
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.