Our community is becoming increasingly vulnerable. The documentation of hate crimes or discrimination based on ethnicity, nationality, or religion is important to our community as a collective — please report them to the ADC Legal Department and to the proper authorities.
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ADC has received an increasing number of reports from Arab-Americans who have had their bank accounts closed arbitrarily due to their Arabic background. The financial institution often cites the Patriot Act generally as the reason for the account closure, but refuses to provide a more specific reason for the account closure.
Click here to report the incident to the ADC Legal Department. (Be sure to include the name of the financial institution in the incident report.)
Have you been treated unfairly while traveling?
File a complaint with the US Department of Transportation: Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement
- Call 1-800-322-7873
- Email email@example.com
- Report the incident to the ADC Legal Department
In addition, you can send detailed complaint letters to:
Aviation Consumer Protection Division, C-75
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590
U.S. citizens who are Arab or Muslim have experienced significant difficulties in entering or exiting through Israeli controlled borders. See U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. The U.S. Department of State has asked ADC to gather information on U.S. citizens who have been denied entry by Israeli authorities in the last year or so. Completing this intake form will help ADC and the Bureau of Consular Affairs to identify trends that can be addressed.
Have you experienced discrimination at school?
File a complaint with the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights:
- Call 1-800-421-3481
Read ADC’s Advice to Parents on how to respond to cases of discrimination in schools.
Read ADCRI’s Education Discrimination page.
Have you been discriminated against at work?
- Learn about the different types of employment discrimination
- Learn how to file an EEOC charge
- Contact the EEOC
- Report the incident to the ADC Legal Department
File a complaint by calling the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 1-800-669-4000. Visit the EEOC website for more information about your workplace rights
Questions and answers from the EEOC on workplace rights of Muslims, Arabs, & South Asians.
Read ADC guidelines that discusses employment discrimination and the basic rights held by everyone who legally works or seeks employment in the United States.
See ADC’s amicus brief in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., where the U.S. Supreme Court held that an employer may not make an applicant’s religious practice, confirmed or otherwise, a factor in employment decisions.
Housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability is illegal under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated under FHA, file a complaint with ADC. You can file a fair housing complaint.
More information about the Fair Housing Act can be found on ADC’s Housing Rights Brochure
Additional Resources include:
- Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
- National Fair Housing Alliance
Discriminatory Effect or disparate impact in housing is also prohibited. See U.S. Supreme Court decision in Texas v. The Inclusive Communities and ADC support of the case by joining on Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights amicus brief.
Arab Americans, mosques, cultural centers and our communities as whole are subject to surveillance under the guise of national security and without probable cause. Under current legislation and polices, our government and law enforcement is not required to prove probable cause or even criminal suspicion before subjecting someone to a query for investigation or to place someone on the Watch-lists. Criminal suspicion is often assumed against our communities because we have a particular name, was born in a particular country, wear cultural garb or a religious article of faith.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), investigates allegations of civil rights and civil liberties abuses by employees in the FBI, DEA, INS, Federal Bureau of Prisons, US Marshals Service, US Attorneys Offices, and all other Department of Justice agencies (that includes the Police).
- Call 1-800-869-4499
ADC continues to receive reports from Arab American travelers experiencing difficulty traveling at different ports of entry. Common problems include undue delays and secondary searches. In some instances, passengers are detained and not allowed to travel. Some of these problems encountered by Arab American travelers also came as a direct result of the different governmental “watch lists.”
Based on information provided by a former TSA officer, in 2014 ADC requested the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General (DHS-OIG) to investigate and take action regarding the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ‘Selectee Passport List’ Policy. The ‘Selectee Passport List’ provides TSA officers with a list of twhttps://www.adc.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=pageelve (12) countries that automatically trigger special screening at airports. TSA officers are required to conduct special screening for passport holding nationals from Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. All of the countries listed are Arab nations, with the exception of Afghanistan and Iran, which are predominantly Muslim nations. ADC is currently working with government agencies to address the existence of a ‘Selectee Passport List’ and prevent such occurrence again. DHS-OIG is currently conducting an investigation.
ADC also submitted an official statement for the record at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing on December 9, 2014, entitled The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States. The hearing examined the status of important civil and human rights issues, including surveillance reform, profiling and law enforcement, criminal justice reform, voting rights, the militarization of law enforcement, and police-community relations. In the statement, ADC expressed widespread concerns that Federal, state, and local law enforcement continue to disproportionately target Arab Americans and other minority communities for investigation, interrogation, and arrest. ADC also called on Congress to pass legislation including the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) (S.1038) and the Smarter Sentencing Act (H.R. 3382/S. 1410).
ADC worked closely with Rep. Honda’s office in drafting the Consumer Protection amendment, which will require airlines to report to the U.S. Department of Transportation the number of passengers removed off planes and the reason for their removal. The amendment will be considered by the House Appropriations Committee. ADC commends the Congressman for his vigorous advocacy for fairness and transparency, and will continue to work closely with Congressman Honda to address this issue.
Alex Odeh: 37 Years and Still No Justice For A Civil Rights Hero
“Alex dedicated his life to ADC and social justice. He always fought for the truth, and did it eloquently. He paid with his life for his commitment to justice and peace. Today, we celebrate his life, his work and his legacy, and recommit ourselves to getting justice for him and his family.” - ADC National Executive Director, Abed Ayoub