New York, NY, August 3, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called for an end to bias attacks targeting Latinos and others in Staten Island, and issued a series of recommendations to the community to help counter hate crimes in the borough.
Over the weekend, a Mexican immigrant was robbed and beaten by a group of young men as they hurled racial epithets. Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the assault and charged him with a hate crime. According to authorities, the attack marked the 11th hate crime this year in Staten Island.
Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director, issued the following statement:
The senseless attacks targeting Latinos and others in Staten Island is totally unacceptable and must come to an immediate end. Whether these crimes are motivated by racism, homophobia or other hatreds, the bottom line is that there is no place for such division in a community as diverse and welcoming as New York City.
By standing together to condemn these attacks and to pledge mutual support no matter one's background, the residents of Staten Island can demonstrate that their community will not be hijacked nor intimidated by the misguided notions of a few haters.
The NYPD is to be commended for treating this problem seriously and decisively. It is time for the community to do the same. ADL has developed a series of recommendations to help bridge the divide in Staten Island and we believe their implementation would be a helpful step in that process.
Some of ADL's recommendations for countering hate crime in Staten Island include: improved community cooperation and trust-building measures with law enforcement; more vocal leadership from and open lines of communications with civic figures; and ongoing anti-bias hate crime prevention, education and outreach initiatives for all community members.
Last month, the League participated in a Staten Island community forum aimed at addressing the problem of hate crime and determining the best methods of responding. Through its A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, ADL continues to conduct anti-bias and diversity trainings at a number of schools in Staten Island. The League is also a member of the working groups on law enforcement and education established by the I AM Staten Island campaign.
ADL has long been at the forefront of national and state efforts to combat hate crimes.