Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism e.V. (Bundesverband RIAS)
Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism
was founded in October 2018. Its aim is to use the reporting portal www.report-antisemitism.de to ensure consistent recording and documentation of antisemitic incidents by civil society throughout Germany in order to guarantee a uniform civil society, recording, and documentation of antisemitic incidents throughout Germany, and to
represent the interests of agencies and projects of regional offices for reporting
antisemitic incidents vis-à-vis the public, politics, and administration.
In doing so, the Federal Association draws on the working methods and technologies developed by the “Association for a Democratic Culture in Berlin” (VDK e.V.) since 2015. The Federal Association RIAS e.V. initiates and supports the establishment of regional reporting and support networks and trains new civil society projects whose main purpose is the civil society recording of antisemitic incidents in Germany.
The regional registration offices meet regularly within the framework of a federal working group of the Federal Association in order to standardize existing working methods and further develop the quality standards of the work.
In particular, the Federal Association promotes trust and, associated with this, the willingness of Jews and persons perceived as Jews to make use of civil society reporting and support services.
Close and continuous cooperation with the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the regional associations of the Jewish communities and the Competence Centre for Prevention and Empowerment at the Central Welfare Office of Jews in Germany (ZWST e.V.) and other Jewish organisations is central to this concern. At the same time, continuous consultation with the existing advisory and support services of victim counselling, mobile counselling and anti-discrimination counselling is central to the success of a gradually developing nationwide reporting and support network.