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.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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