ADL Joins Community Forum Responding to Hate Crimes on Staten Island

New York, NY, July 14, 2010 … Following a string of violent attacks targeting immigrants and others on Staten Island, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is participating in a community forum to address the problem of hate crime.

The forum, convened by the Northeast Region of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Hate Crimes Task Force of the New York Police Department, is scheduled for July 15 in Staten Island. It will include presentations and discussion on the issue of hate crimes and the best methods of responding.

Since April 2010, there have been at least four instances of bias-motivated violence on Staten Island, including an assault against a gay couple and three separate incidents of Mexican immigrants being attacked, some resulting in serious injuries. During each of the assaults, the perpetrators reportedly yelled anti-Hispanic or anti-gay slurs.

Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director, issued the following statement:

The recent attacks against Latino immigrants and gays on Staten Islandare completely unacceptable. There is no place in society for the targeting of people due to their ethnicity or sexual orientation.

The perpetrators of these violent crimes are trying to send a message of fear and intimidation, but by standing together to say that we will not tolerate this bigotry, we send an even stronger message that Staten Island is no place for hate.

We applaud the efforts of the Department of Justice and the NYPD to respond to this rash of apparent bias crimes. As a leader in the fight against hate crimes, ADL is working community-wide to educate and expand dialogue to help prevent such acts.

The League has long been at the forefront of national and state efforts to combat hate crimes.

The Staten Island community forum is scheduled to be held at 6 PM at the CYO Center of Staten Island.

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.