The Animal Legal Defense Fund is dedicated to creating an inviting environment and one of collaboration—not only within our team, but with our supporters, partners, vendors, neighbors and communities.
In addition to our policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has a robust Anti-Bullying Policy that extends beyond the legal definition, including the prohibition of yelling, inappropriate and offensive jokes, unwanted touching or hitting, and threats or implied threats.
In alignment with our mission, the Anti-Cruelty & Environmental Policy confirms Animal Legal Defense Fund staff and volunteers will not introduce into any organizational office, or at any Animal Legal Defense Fund function outside the office, products that are derived, in whole or in part, from an animal or products that are tested on animals. To minimize our organizational impact on the environment, the Animal Legal Defense Fund strives to reduce consumption of durable and consumable goods; we reuse or purchase used or recycled products rather than new products, and we recycle as much solid waste as possible.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Our team is a diverse group of people who care about animal law, justice, and each other, working together to make a collective impact. As we think about diversity, equity, and inclusion we ensure that: we honor our stories, be present for each other, and strive for empathetic action in everything we do. We also look to create opportunities, undo inequities, and work for a better future for animals.
To that end, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is partnering with law schools, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to provide grant funding and assistance in establishing courses in the growing field of animal law at these institutions. We have established a scholarship program for second-year law students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities—including Howard University School of Law and North Carolina Central University School of Law, members of federally recognized tribes, and first-generation college students in the interest of expanding and diversifying the field of animal law. Scholarship recipients are also provided a clerkship with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, providing the student insight into animal law and the animal protection movement, but also highlights the overlap of animal law with other forms of law.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has commissioned an audit of our recruiting processes by Critical Diversity Solutions to ensure we are reaching and attracting candidates from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and orientations.
In 2020, the organization hosted Dr. Breeze Harper and Critical Diversity Solutions for a 2-day Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop and hosted Dr. David Nylund, LCSW, PhD and Alex Filippelli, MSW from the Gender Health Center and California State University Sacramento’s Division of Social Work for three Creating Affirming Environments for LGBTQ+ Persons workshops.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund will continue to evaluate these policies, amend and improve them, seeking input from our team, partners, and third-party experts. Ours is an ongoing commitment to our cause, each other, and the communities we serve and in which we live.
* To align with federal reporting guidelinees, we have used EEO-1 categories, which limits gender to female and male.