WASHINGTON, Dec 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) announced today changes in its Washington DC Headquarters and Michigan staff, as well as policy changes that will further its core mission of protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of Arab Americans. In doing so, ADC leadership is aggressively addressing the concerns and needs of its membership and our nation's American-Arab community as it charts a new course for the organization.
Let there be no misunderstanding. Contrary to what some have alleged, ADC has not, does not, and will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment or reprisal within its organization or community. Rather, ADC is moving forward with an updated "zero-tolerance" sexual harassment policy, with enhanced systems for formal inquiry, independent investigation and review, appeals, and confidentiality for participants. ADC again thanks those individuals who came forward with their concerns and suggestions, which the Organization has taken very seriously.
That is not the only development under way.
On the national level, Mr. Warren David is no longer employed by ADC as of the 26th of November 2013. ADC thanks Mr. David for assuming the position of president when he did and for all his accomplishments, and wishes him well in his future endeavors. ADC soon will announce a new president, committed to helping ADC to move forward and revitalize its core mission.
The ADC Michigan office is the largest and among its most influential, especially with respect to border crossing, immigration and related legal defense issues. ADC has appointed Fatina Abdrabboh, a local attorney, as its new Michigan director. Ms. Abdrabboh has outstanding experience in ADC legal affairs representing those facing discrimination and is also sensitive to issues related to the work place. She succeeds Imad Hamad, the former director of the Michigan office, who is no longer employed by, or affiliated, with ADC.
These appointments and initiatives will further ADC's essential mission of defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich, cultural heritage.
ADC values the strong community support it has received. And, it remains a force for positive change, with its board, leadership team, volunteers and members pledged to the principles upon which it was founded. ADC's leadership calls upon its members and our communities to provide continued input and guidance in the days ahead.
Founded in 1980, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is the largest Arab American grassroots organization committed to protecting civil rights, promoting mutual understanding, and preserving the Arab American cultural heritage. Each year, ADC represents thousands of individuals against threats to their rights and dignity, while working to improve trust and cooperation among cultures in our society.
SOURCE American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee