ADL Earns Top Rating In 2012 Jewish Organization Equality Index

New York, NY, November 20, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has earned the top rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Jewish Organization Equality Index.  HRC is a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization.

The survey, released November 12, is a first-of-its-kind effort to analyze and rate Jewish non-profits in the U.S. and Canada on their policies, practices and programs as they relate to LGBT employees and members.

ADL received the top score of “inclusion.” According to the survey, organizations that fall into the category of “inclusion” have demonstrated the benefits of a fully engaged LGBT community both internally and externally by developing innovative approaches in programming and supporting continuing education of new and established staff and community members.  ADL has been active on LGBT issues relating to educational training and resources, discrimination, hate crimes, advocacy, bullying prevention and response, and marriage equality in the courts and legislatures.

Of the 204 Jewish nonprofit organizations that participated in the survey, 50 percent received the top score of “inclusion,” meaning they are taking significant steps to welcome LGBT individuals and families.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.