Longtime ADC Leader Retires Attorney Abdrabboh New Regional Director
Palestinian American Attorney Fatina Abdrabboh New ADC Regional Director
A New Chapter for ADC Michigan
Imad Hamad Retires, Abdrabboh Assumes Leadership of ADC Michigan
The Forum and Link newspaper, the staff and the writers, thank Mr. Imad Hamad for 17 years of distinguished service of the American Arab anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the community. Throughout these years Mr. Hamad built ADC Michigan, with limited resources and in the face of pushback from other community and parochial organizations, into a formidable presence in Michigan. Under his visionary leadership ADC established the MLK event, the Judges’ Night event, and the internationally known law enforcement- community forum, BRIDGES.
The Forum and Link wishes Mr. Hamad success in all his future endeavors. We also congratulate attorney Abdrabboh on her new position and wish her success.
ADC Welcomes Attorney Fatina Abdrabboh as New Michigan Director
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | November 22, 2013 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is pleased to welcome Ms. Fatina Abdrabboh, Esq., M.P.P., M.T.S., as the new Director of its Michigan office. ADC expresses its gratitude to all its members and supporters for their continued backing of ADC and further hopes that the community will offer its support to Ms. Abdrabboh during this critical time of transition and rebuilding.
Attorney Abdrabboh is committed to working to protect the civil and constitutional rights of all Arab Americans and to promoting the rich cultural heritage of the Arabs. “I realize much has happened in the last year and I hope to be a force for positive change and a recommitment to the principles upon which ADC was founded.” She continued, “I am looking forward to what I know will be a challenging role and I hope I can count on the community’s support as we move forward in Michigan”.
Ms. Abdrabboh comes to ADC with a background in policy, ethics, and legal advocacy. A graduate of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, her work has appeared in leading periodicals such as the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, the Detroit Free Press, the Washington Times, among others. Her scholarly work has also been published in numerous academic journals including the: Harvard Journal of African-American Public Policy, Harvard Africa Policy Journal, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, as well as others. She has also appeared on national and international media outlets advocating on behalf of Arab Americans, minorities, and underserved populations.
Ms. Abdrabboh has also represented the community internationally, speaking on legal and policy issues of concern to Arabs and Muslims in the United States. She has also traveled to Niger, Liberia, and Egypt for the United States Department of State as a guest speaker on topics ranging from minority communities, empowering women, and gender-related advocacy. As a long-time supporter of ADC, she established a record of mentorship and a commitment to empowering the youth and marginalized communities.
In addition to her extensive work in policy on the international level, she has worked on numerous legal, policy, and advocacy initiatives on the national level. Specifically, she served as a legal extern for the US Attorney's Office in Detroit where she successfully provided a lecture to federal prosecutors, law enforcement agents, and other federal officials on Arab culture, customs, and history. Additionally, she served as a judicial clerk for an Arab-American federal judge, the Honorable Judge George Caram Steeh from the Eastern District of Michigan. As part of her commitment to public service, she has been invited to lecture across the country with national initiatives created to combat divisiveness, defend against bigotry, and foster understanding between Arab Americans and other ethnic, religious, cultural, political, and gender support groups.
Imad Hamad is retiring from ADC and is no longer with ADC as of today, the 22nd of November, 2013. We acknowledge his many years of service.