On August 12, ADL regional leaders met with US Senator Mazie Hirono (pictured 2nd from left) at the San Francisco ADL office. The meeting covered ADL priority issues, which Senator Hirono supports, including comprehensive immigration reform and support for federal protections for LGBT workers. ADL also thanked the Senator for her continued support for Israel and for her strong opposition to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Another topic of discussion was Hawaii’s unfortunate status as the only state in the nation that does not participate in the federal Hate Crime Statistics Act program. Hawaii has a comprehensive state hate crime law (which Senator Hirono signed into law earlier in her career) and the state publishes data on prosecutions, but these data alone fail to provide an accurate snapshot of the occurrence of hate crime. ADL apprised Senator Hirono of this situation and asked for her assistance in convincing state officials to participate in the federal reporting system.
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