Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an organization of the Jewish people was founded 100 years ago in 1913 to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Over period of time it has become the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry defending democratic ideals protecting civil rights for all. It attempts to builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups of people in United States and around the world.
By honoring Rana (Lakhwinder) Singh Sodhi, a Sikh resident of Arizona at its Annual Jerry J. Wisotsky, TORCH OF LIBERTY AWARD DINNER on November 4th 2010 at Camelback Marriot Hotel, the Arizona Region of the ADL clearly justified the truthfulness of its mission. Almost close to 800 people were at hand to cheer the Award recipients. Rana Singh Sodhi, happens to be the youngest brother of S. Balbir Singh Sodhi, the first Sikh killed in U.S. four days after 9-11 due to a hate crime. Because of uncut beard and turban, the Articles of his Sikh faith, S. Balbir Singh Sodhi was mistakenly believed to belong to the group of terrorists from Mid-east responsible for 9-11 attacks although he was a Sikh immigrant from India.