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Deborah Lauter, Executive Director, NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes
Deborah Lauter Biography:
Deborah Lauter is the Executive Director of the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, a seven staff member unit in the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice. Ms. Lauter was hired to create and lead the office in September, 2019, after a three-decade career of combatting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, prejudice and hate.
Ms. Lauter served in a number of senior roles at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), including as National Civil Rights Director and Senior Vice President for Policy & Programs, where she worked with tech companies on the growing problem of hate on the internet. She also supervised the Education division and its development of anti-bias education programs for students.
Under her tenure at ADL, the organization led the national coalition that secured passage of the Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr. Federal Hate Crimes Act. She also oversaw the organization’s Center on Extremism, which included research and analysis on domestic and international extremism, and trained law enforcement on hate crime detection and response.
Ms. Lauter received a B.A. from UC Berkeley and J.D. from Cardozo School of Law. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Education and Human Rights (TOLI), which provides Holocaust education training for teachers in the U.S. and Europe.