N.J. ATTORNEY GENERAL Gurbir Grewal will receive the 2018 ADL Blum-Kovler Nation of Immigrants Award at its annual summit on anti-Semitism and hate, “Never is Now,” on Monday, Dec. 3, in New York City.
“From a personal and professional standpoint, I can think of no one more deserving to receive this honor,” said Ross Pearlson, ADL’s New Jersey regional advisory board chair. “I have known Gurbir for a number of years and have also been fortunate enough to witness firsthand his efforts and achievements in protecting immigrant communities. He embodies not only the values of the award but, without any doubt, those of the ADL as an organization.”
The ADL Blum-Kovler Nation of Immigrants Award was established by the Judy and Peter Blum-Kovler Foundation to honor and recognize an individual or group’s contributions to fair and welcoming treatment of immigrants. In 2017, its inaugural year, the award was presented to HIAS, a champion of immigrants since 1881.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt added, “Not only has Honorable Grewal personally overcome issues of discrimination and intolerance throughout his life, but, in the wake of troubling federal anti-immigrant polices that continue to target marginalized communities and minorities, he has committed to standing up and challenging bias and discrimination in all forms.”
Supporting fair and humane immigration policy has been a pillar of ADL’s work to secure justice and equality for all. Through legislative advocacy, litigation, and public awareness campaigns, ADL has promoted such policies since its founding in 1913. ADL has helped expose anti-immigrant hate that too often has been a fixture of the immigration debate and has called for a responsible public dialogue that will honor America’s history as a “nation of immigrants.”