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  • Bank Account Closures
  • Know Your Rights
  • End the Shame of NSEERS
  • ADC’s amicus work
Bank Account Closures Closures
Account Closures and Refusal to Open New Accounts (Bank, Brokerage, Finance, Credit, etc.)

ADC has received an increasing number of reports from Arab-Americans who have had their bank and brokerage accounts closed for no clear reason. We have also received reports of Arab-Americans being denied the opportunity to open new bank accounts, including standard checking and saving accounts. In many cases, it appears that the accounts are being closed, frozen, or denied to Arab-Americans due to their Arabic background and/or connection with Arab countries. 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.

It is very important that each incident of account closure or denial is reported to the ADC Legal Department, so that we can work to properly resolve the issue and address any underlying discrimination. If your account has been closed or frozen, 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.)

NAALA Closures

NAALA provides attorneys and legal professionals the opportunity to be fully engaged in the work that supports ADC and the community. Events throughout the year include substantive panels, continuing legal education programs (CLE), implementation of education programs, and the hosting of nationwide networking events.

The initiative offers the opportunity to connect with Arab American attorneys, law students, and other legal professionals across the nation. NAALA members are kept abreast of ADC’s legal work as well as key issues affecting the Arab American and legal communities. Join today!

  1. Provide an opportunity for Arab American lawyers to organize, network, collaborate, and mentor;
  2. Assist the ADC Legal Department in its endeavors to promote respect for civil liberties and human rights;
  3. Assist ADC in its efforts to grow as the premiere civil rights organization for Arab Americans.

ADC is developing a Legal Resource Guide which will include information about knowing your rights and obtaining legal assistance as well as a national listing of attorneys in the network. This guide will be made available online and in print and will be distributed biannually to all ADC members.

Membership Level Dues
Student Membership $25
Membership with listing $100
Membership without listing $100
Membership with Business Card Advertisement $250
Membership with Half Page Advertisement $500
Membership with Full Page Advertisement $1,000

Each membership includes a complimentary listing in the Legal Resource Guide.


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Complete and mail a membership form, or pay online.


*Dues will be used in to meet the needs of the ADC Legal Department and in the development and upkeep of the Legal Resource Guide. A portion of your dues will also go towards ADC’s general operating costs.

End the Shame of NSEERS Closures
How You Can Help Stop the Shame of NSEERS

In late 2002, the Department of Justice‘s Immigration and Naturalization Service (now known as Department of Homeland Security-DHS and its component agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement-ICE) launched a campaign known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) with Special Call-In Registration phases.

The program was initially portrayed as an anti-terrorism measure which required male visitors to the US (from 25 Arab and Muslim countries along with North Korea) to be fingerprinted, photographed, and questioned by immigration officers. At the time, INS officials told ADC during a meeting, that they themselves were ill prepared to carry out this special call in registration and acknowledged numerous shortcomings. However, there were and still are criminal and civil penalties associated with failure to comply with NSEERS, including arrest, detention, monetary fines and/or removal from the United States.


The program was rolled out in separate phases and male visitors were asked to voluntarily comply with the program. Failure to adequately publicize the program and to train immigration officers sufficiently led to poor implementation of NSEERS. Thousands of men who were required to register failed to do so many, no doubt, due to lack of notice, and are now vulnerable to NSEERS penalties. Reports indicate that hundreds of individuals who had voluntarily appeared to register at INS offices around the country (but primarily in California) were arrested and detained without reasonable justification. According to news reports, many of those detained had applications pending for adjustment of status on which the INS had not yet acted.


ADC has noted that 84,000 Arabs and Muslims registered voluntarily and subsequently 14,000 of them were deported for voluntarily complying with the program. Yet, none, not one, of these registrants has been charged with terrorism. In December 2004, the NSEERS program was modified by the Department of Homeland Security, but many elements remain and are subject to abuse including: departure registration; registration at ports of entry; as well as the potential for the re-initiation of the call-in phase. It seems clear that NSEERS has become just another tool used in immigration enforcement and law enforcement in general, which raises serious constitutional issues as the program clearly discriminates on the basis of national origin.


Since the inception of the program, ADC, several members of Congress, and numerous civil libertarians, have taken issues with the constitutional legality of NSEERS discrimination based on national origin. We urge you to contact public officials, including media outlets, and ask that the NSEERS program be terminated entirely. In fact, then DHS Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson said, at the 2004 ADC Convention, “it is our hope to completely end this special registration program because of our long term goal is to treat everybody the same way and not based upon where you came from.”

ADC’s amicus work Closures

Zivotofsky v. Kerry (Jerusalem Passport Case) where the U.S. Supreme Court held that the §214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which allowed American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel placed as their country of birth on their U.S. passport, violated the Presidents exclusive power to recognize foreign governments.

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.

Farraj v. Cunningham (9th Circuit), addressing the use of bias motivated therapist reports in an family court case as a violation of the right to due process. (case is ongoing)

Letters We Signed Onto

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