03
Aug

New Lawsuit Challenging Travel Ban Waiver Provisions

PAAIA has been instrumental in obtaining statistics from the State Department regarding the Travel Ban’s waiver provisions. These statistics have led to a new lawsuit filed by our coalition partners, the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) and the Pars Equality Center. While the obtained statistics were a major source of concern for Justices Sotomayor and Breyer, the Supreme Court ultimately allowed the...
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31
Jul

IAPAC Proud to Announce Its Endorsement of Shabnam Lotfi for Wisconsin’s 77th District State Assembly

The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of PAAIA, proudly announces its endorsement of Shabnam Lofti for Wisconsin’s 77th District State Assembly. If elected, she would be the first Iranian American to serve in the Wisconsin Legislature. Shabnam is a Progressive Democrat, a University of Wisconsin Law School graduate, an immigration attorney,...
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26
Jul

IAPAC Proud to Announce its Endorsement of Melody Shekari for Tennessee’s 28th District State Representative

The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, proudly announces its support for Melody Shekari for Tennessee’s 28th District State Representative.   Melody is a lawyer, community advocate, and a proud daughter of Iranian immigrants. Though raised in Chattanooga, Melody studied at and earned degrees from leading universities across the...
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23
Jul

PAAIA Statement on Recent US-Iran Relations

For Immediate Release:Contact: Morad GhorbanPhone: (202) 828-8370Email: morad@paaia.org Washington, D.C. – After last night’s speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and this morning’s statement by the President, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) offers the following commentary on U.S.-Iran relations:        “PAAIA stands for all Iranian Americans and our goals of prosperity, peace, and democracy....
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29
Jun

PAAIA and Coalition Help Uncover Disturbing Waiver Statistics

The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld Presidential Proclamation 9645, also known as Travel Ban 3.0.  In doing so, the Court (like the government attorney) cited the “system of waivers” contained within the Travel Ban as a means for individuals to get relief from its strictures.  However, evidence uncovered to date by Iranian American organizations shows...
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29
Jun

Meet Amir Rezvani, PAAIA’S 2018 Summer CHIP FELLOW

Washington, D.C.—PAAIA congratulates our newest Akbar Ghahary Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) Fellow, Amir Rezvani. He is spending eight weeks working on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Originally from San Diego, CA, Amir enters his junior year at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut this upcoming fall. He is double-majoring...
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27
Jun

PAAIA Distressed over Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Travel Ban

Washington, DC – PAAIA is deeply disturbed with yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Hawaii, allowing the latest version of the Travel Ban to continue being implemented. The Court’s 5-4 decision essentially prevents nationals from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen from entering the United States.  PAAIA—in collaboration with IABA and Pars...
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26
Jun

SCOTUS Allows Trump Travel Ban to Stand; Iranian American Organizations Say the Fight is Not Over

Contact: Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com, 301-221-7984 June 26, 2018  “We remain committed to protecting the civil liberties of Iranian Americans and will continue to advocate for the Travel Ban’s rejection.” — Iranian American Groups Washington, D.C.—Today, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed an injunction blocking the enforcement of the Travel Ban, affirming the executive’s broad...
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