Center on Extremism

Center on Exremism

Oren’s moment. A calling to the ADL.

Oren’s moment.

‘I inherited a legacy of fighting hate that I feel personally invested in continuing and furthering. The purpose of the Center on Extremism is the same now as it was when it began, but with technology and other advances, there are new and innovative ways that we can use and are using to fight hate.’

Oren Segal
Director of ADL Center on Extremism

A moment of truth. And outrage.

A moment of truth.

November 19, 2016. Washington, D.C. In a crowded ballroom, Richard Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement—largely composed of white supremacists—stood before a crowd. Several members of the audience responded to his speech with a Nazi salute.

 “America was, until this past generation, a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity,” Spencer said. “It is our creation, it is our inheritance and it belongs to us.” 

Moments such as these remind us that age-old hatreds persist.

Meeting the moment. Standing up and speaking out day after day.

Meeting the moment.

Last year, extremist-related killings rose for the fourth straight year. They increased by 176% from 25 in 2013 to 69 in 2016. Following years of fighting extremism and hate, ADL founded the Center on Extremism in 2006. The Center partners with law enforcement professionals, technology companies and government leaders to understand and identify threats and trends. The Center has the intel, resources and expertise to identify threats and to stand up, speak out and expose extremists of every kind.

At the center of hate, monitoring daily.

The Center on Extremism stands vigilantly and valiantly on the front lines, both on the ground and in cyberspace. Director Oren Segal and his team monitor extremism across a wide ideological spectrum, using custom-designed tools and drawing upon years of experience and relationships to define, disrupt and defeat threats and hatred every day.

Moments of optimism.

Moments of optimism.

Former neo-Nazi skinhead Christian Picciolini tells ADL his riveting journey.

Last year alone, the Center trained 7,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officials on a wide range of extremist trends, tactics and ideologies. The Center also worked with some of the foremost tech companies in the world, educating them on digital extremist recruitment and activity as well as discussing ways to mitigate these emerging and evolving threats.

Five Defining Moments of 2016


2016 AR Moment 01

Orlando, Florida.
A man inspired by terrorist organizations opens fire in an LGBTQ nightclub, killing scores of people. 

The Center issued a report about the changing nature and tactics of domestic Islamic extremists.


2016 AR Moments 02


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon.
A right-wing militia has a standoff with the government over federal land rights.

The Center investigated the extremist backgrounds of the participants and provided our expertise to law enforcement and the general public.


2016 AR Moments 03


Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Black nationalists shoot and kill multiple law enforcement officers in response to police killings of African Americans. 

The Center shed light on the extremist beliefs of the killers.


2016 AR Moments 04

By: David J. Phillip / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Washington, D.C.
Alt-right white supremacists gather while giving Nazi salutes.

The Center has been at the forefront of exposing the anti-Semitic and white supremacist beliefs and roots of the alt-right since they emerged.


2016 AR CoE Moment 05

Supporters of the alt-right troll journalists and others online. 

ADL issued a report using big data to show the volume of anti-Semitic tweets targeting journalists on Twitter during the 2016 election campaign.