Imad Hamad, executive director of the American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) recently received recognition from the Transportation Security Administration in the form of a certificate of appreciation.
According to the TSA, this award is recognition of Hamad’s constructive and professional working relationship and partnership with the TSA in Michigan.
The certificate was presented to Hamad at the AHRC office in Dearborn on September 21.
The certificate was presented in honor of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Hamad said he believes law enforcement and the community they serve are partners, not adversaries. Therefore, he believes in building bridges between the Arab and Muslim American communities and all law enforcement agencies, the guiding values being to ensure the security of the country while respecting civil rights, civil liberties and the human rights of all.
With this in mind, Hamad and former US attorney Jeffrey Collins founded BRIDGES (Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity).
Hamad co-chaired BRIDGES until 2013. This model of engagement has helped build trust and created a forum for continued engagement over the years.
“We thank TSA for this recognition of Imad’s tireless efforts to build bridges of understanding and respect,” said Dr. Saleh Muslah, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AHRC.
Other board members agreed.
“This recognition is well deserved,” said Imam Elturk, founding member and board member of the AHRC. “Imad has been essential to AHRC’s success in advancing its mission. “