The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce the 2011 recipients of its annual awards. The individuals highlighted below will be honored throughout the weekend of June 10-12, 2011 at the ADC National Convention in Washington, DC.

Pro-Bono Attorney 
 of the Year:
Sahar F. Aziz, Esq.


Presented Saturday, June 10th at the ADC Civil Rights Luncheon "A Decade of Challenges"

The Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year award is given each year to an Attorney who exhibits dedication and commitment to the Arab American community, and strives to attain justice. Attorney Sahar Aziz has assisted the ADC Legal Department in several key civil rights cases and in addressing a number of policy concerns; and she has been an enormous help to ADC in providing program support, legal guidance and advice.

Alex Odeh Award:
Dr. Fahim &
Mrs. Nancy Qubain

Presented Saturday, June 11th at the ADC Gala Awards Dinner

The Alex Odeh Award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, public service, and commitment to ADC and the Arab American community.Dr. Fahim Qubain and his wife, Mrs. Nancy Qubain, founded The Hope Fund, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for Palestinian Refugees. They also mentor and guide the students they sponsor through the early years at American universities. The Hope Fund is administered solely on a volunteer basis by the Qubain’s, and is sustained by its supporters (including the Qubain’s), board members, and friends.


Hala Salam Maksoud
Leadership Award:
Denyse Sabagh, Esq.


Presented Saturday, June 11th at the ADC Gala Awards Dinner

The Hala Salam Maksoud Leadership Award is given each year to a community leader who has exhibited great leadership, strength, and compassion toward the concerns of our community and the mission of ADC. The late Dr. Hala Maksoud was ADC President from 1996 – 2001; she was one of the most influential and important leaders in ADC’s history. Dr. Maksoud was a nationally recognized advocate of civil and human rights. Her legacy lives on through women who mirror her strong presence, compassion, leadership, and commitment to civil and human rights, as exemplified by Attorney Denyse Sabagh.


Rose Nader Award:
Salwa Mikdadi


Presented Sunday, June 12th at the Palestine brunch

Salwa Mikdadi, head of the Arts & Culture Program, Emirates Foundation, is the recipient of this year’s Rose Nader Award. The Rose Nader Award, presented by her daughter Claire Nader, is awarded annually to those in the community who show dedication and commitment to values of equality and justice. Ms. Mikdadi is being recognized for her dedication and unwavering commitment to promoting the beauty of the Arab culture and building bridges with other societies through art. She has spent her life promoting and preserving the Arab beauty of contemporary art, and writing extensively on the history and heritage that is largely ignored in the international community. Through her educational efforts, the documentation and analysis of historical pieces have been maintained—accurately portraying the Arab heritage and history.


Rachel Corrie
Memorial Award:
Furkan Dogan


Presented Sunday, June 12th at the Palestine brunch

The Rachel Corrie Memorial Award will be awarded posthumously to Furkan Dogan. The award will be presented to his parents Dr. and Mrs. Ahmet Dogan. Each year, ADC honors Rachel Corrie, the American peace activist who was tragically crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer. ADC presents this award in recognition of Ms. Corrie’s dedication and commitment for a just and lasting peace in Palestine, and for her working tirelessly to address Palestinian self-determination and humanitarian needs. This year, the award is given posthumously to Furgan Dogan, an American-Turkish citizen who was the victim a year ago of the treacherous Israeli massacre above the Mavi Marmara, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla humanitarian ship. The Dogan’s continue to give their son a voice by tirelessly working to have his message of human rights and humanitarian aid, and his beliefs against injustice and oppression, heard by all.