I’m A Latina Who Works for the ADL. JVP’s Attacks Shocked Me.

Written by Betsaida Alcantara on . Posted in Opinion

Originally published Nov. 20 in The Forward and republished here with permission.


I’m a non-Jewish Latina who works at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

I love this work. I’m proud of this work. I’ve taken up the cause of fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry because, as a Latina, I can’t simply be concerned with anti-immigrant or anti-Latino hate. To be effective in building a more equal and just society, I believe deeply that I have to fight all forms of hatred. And that includes the hatred of Jews.


To that end, one of ADL’s programs involves working closely with law enforcement in the United States, training them to identify and investigate hate crimes against all vulnerable groups in our society. We train law enforcement to combat extremism and terrorism, but also their own implicit biases. We take a few dozen American law enforcement officials to Israel every year, where they learn from Israel’s national police about how they prevent and respond to international terror attacks and threats, like those from Hezbollah and Hamas. The goal of this program is to help U.S. law enforcement officials prevent attacks in the U.S. and save lives. Seems like a no-brainer, right?

Well, not for everyone, it turns out. 

Read the full article in the Nov. 30 print edition of Kol HaBirah or go to http://forward.com/opinion/national/387789/im-a-latina-who-works-for-the-adl-jvps-attacks-shocked-me/.