Morris Casuto holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the City University of New York and an M.A. in International Studies and National Security Policy from the School of International Service of the American University in Washington, D.C. His doctoral research was conducted under a National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship. He was overseas for a year and a half, most of the time spent in Indonesia, researching under a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship.
Mr. Casuto directed the San Diego Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since it was opened in the fall of 1978, retiring in December, 2010. The Anti-Defamation League engages in programs to strengthen democracy through education, law, social science and civil action. Dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and all other forms of bias and prejudice, the ADL remains committed to securing justice and fair treatment for all alike.
Mr. Casuto co-authored the League’s security manual entitled Protecting Your Jewish Institution: Security Strategies for Today’s Dangerous World and a chapter of Building Security, published by McGraw Hill Publishers. He also conducts seminars on security for various community organizations and institutions throughout the nation.
As an educator for law enforcement officers, Mr. Casuto served as a member of the faculty at the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Public Safety Academy for 22 years, where he conducted the POST mandated course on hate crimes. He has also taught for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where he helped design, write, and teach parts of a three and a half day anti-hate crimes course for police trainers. He has lectured before the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and has spoken before law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
Mr. Casuto lectures frequently on topics dealing with extremist groups, hate crimes, the role of police agencies in dealing with hate crimes. He organized the San Diego Hate Crimes Registry, which read and analyzed all police reports checking the hate crimes box and provided an annual report for the people of the city and county of San Diego. He has served as the Chair of the U.S. Attorney’s San Diego Hate Crimes Community Working Group. A sub-committee of that group was awarded a $100,000.00 grant by the Bureau of Justice Assistance for the development of a Hate Crimes Victims Assistance Program.
On behalf of the San Diego Hate Crime Community Working Group, Morris accepted the Blue Knight Award. He was also a member of the California Attorney General’s Civil Rights Commission dealing with hate crimes. In 2001 he was awarded the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. He has also been a member of the District Attorney’s Community Advisory Board.
Mr. Casuto has been married for 42 years. He and his wife have two children, 29 and 24.