08
Jun

Ansari Fellowship Program Announces Inaugural Year Recipients, Arianna Zoghi and Parisa Pirooz

The Ansari Fellowship Program, a PAAIA initiative, is excited to announce its inaugural year recipients as Arianna Zoghi and Parisa Pirooz. The Ansari Fellowship was founded to support young Iranian-Americans committed to improving the lives of others through public service. The program provides two exceptional students – one undergraduate and one graduate – with funding...
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07
Jun

PAAIA Condemns Terror Attacks in Tehran

        Today, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack in Tehran, Iran which left 12 Iranians dead and 42 wounded. PAAIA was deeply disheartened to learn of this tragedy, and we strongly condemn this and all reprehensible acts of terror. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and we...
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02
Jun

2017 Capitol Hill Days

PAAIA’s 2017 Capitol Hill Days were a huge success! During the week of May 22nd, 2017, PAAIA’s IA-100 members met with over seventeen Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle to discuss several important issues to the Iranian American community. Our policy recommendations included distinguishing between the Iranian people and the regime, avoiding implementation...
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25
May

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Amends Sanctions Bill to Protect Iran Nuclear Deal

Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) made amendments to two problematic provisions of the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722). Over the course of the last few days, PAAIA met with several members of the SFRC to ensure the legislation is compliant with U.S. obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)...
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19
May

PAAIA’s Statement on the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017

Statement on the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017: The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is concerned that the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722) could potentially risk derailing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and fragment international cooperation over Iran’s nuclear program. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is...
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19
May

The Freedom Sculpture – A Shared Dream

The Freedom Sculpture A gift from the Iranian American Community, the Freedom Sculpture is truly a reflection of the values of tolerance, freedom, and appreciation of diversity July 4th, 2017 The Freedom Sculpture, a historic monument to diversity and inclusiveness, will be gifted to the City of Los Angeles on July 4th 2017 as a symbol of freedom...
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16
May

PAAIA Consults with Expert Immigration Attorney, Parastoo Zahedi, on the State Department’s Proposal for Tighter Visa Scrutiny

Washington, DC – Recently, the Trump Administration proposed stricter vetting procedures, including investigating social media profiles, to keep visa applicants who warrant additional scrutiny “in-connection-with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities” out of the country. The tighter vetting measures have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a public comment period. ...
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16
May

PAAIA Congratulates Nine Iranian American Recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor

On May 13th, 2017 nine highly accomplished Iranian Americans, including IA-100 member Mohammed Farzaneh, were awarded the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for outstanding achievement in their personal and professional lives, as well as their commitment to the preservation of their Iranian culture and heritage and noteworthy citizenship to the United States. Established in...
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11
May

JUDGE STAYS CONSIDERATION OF PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION, ORDERS CASE TO MOVE FORWARD IN IRANIAN-AMERICAN ORGS CASE AGAINST TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

Contact: Christy Setzer, christy@newheightscommunications.com orAurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com, 301-221-7984 May 11, 2017 JUDGE STAYS CONSIDERATION OF PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION, ORDERS CASE TO MOVE FORWARD IN IRANIAN-AMERICAN ORGS CASE AGAINST TRUMP TRAVEL BAN U.S. Federal Court Hears Iranian-Americans’ Stories, is Troubled by Government’s Actions Washington, D.C.—Today, federal judge Judge Tanya S. Chutkan issued an order staying her consideration...
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