10
May

Nurturing People-to-People Ties with Iran

Washington, DC – On Friday, May 5th, the Atlantic Council hosted a panel discussion on the relevance of people-to-people exhanges between Iran and the United States during these times of increasingly fraught tensions between the two countries. Opening the discussion, Acting Director for the Future of Iran Initiative, Barbara Slavin, noted that religious, medical, athletic,...
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21
Apr

Be Counted in the 2020 Census – Support the MENA Checkbox!

Support the MENA Checkbox! April 20th, 2016 Washington, DC – WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Help us create the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) category based on ethnicity on the U.S. Census and other federal forms. This category will include a designated option for “Iranian.” Currently, the U.S. census must adhere to the Office of Management and Budget’s five categories for...
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19
Apr

Fighting the Travel Ban: PAAIA and IABA Testify in Federal Court Against Trump Travel Ban Executive Order

PAAIA and IABA Testify in Federal Court Against Trump Travel Ban Executive Order April 19th, 2017 Washington, DC – On Tuesday, April 18th, PAAIA Executive Director, Leila Golestaneh Austin, and IABA President, Babak Yousefzadeh, testified in federal court in support of the Iranian American organizational lawsuit (Pars Equality Center, et al., v. Donald J. Trump, et al.)...
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12
Apr

PAAIA Interviews Kia Hamadanchy – Candidate for U.S. Congress (CA-45th) 

Meet Kia Hamadanchy – Candidate for U.S. Congress (CA-45th) Irvine, CA – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) recently had the opportunity to interview Kia Hamadanchy to discuss his historic campaign for California’s 45th Congressional District.  If successful, he will become the first American of Iranian descent to be elected to U.S. Congress. The...
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11
Apr

Unite to Combat Hate Crimes!

When Iranian refugee Hasel Afshar returned home, he found hate-filled messages spray painted on surfaces in every room of the house. Hate crimes are on the rise. We have recently witnessed a larger pattern of hate crimes against actual or perceived Muslims in the U.S.We are deeply disturbed by violent incidents which have taken place with the intention...
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05
Apr

PAAIA joins a coalition of Iranian American organizations on a statement about the detention of Iranians by U.S. authorities

Washington, DC – As organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we are deeply concerned by recent arrests of Iranians visiting and studying in the United States. At least two Iranians are currently being held in custody by U.S. immigration authorities: Alia Ghandi and Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian. We implore authorities to ensure these individuals have ready access...
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04
Apr

BIPARTISAN IRAN SANCTIONS LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN U.S. CONGRESS

Washington, DC – Yesterday, A bipartisan group of Senators introduced new sanctions legislation targeting Iran for its for ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations. The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 was introduced Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,...
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04
Apr

PAAIA JOINS CALL FOR CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OVER THE TRAVEL BAN

Washington, DC – On March 10th, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) joined a coalition letter, led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), calling for Congressional oversight over President Trump’s immigration executive orders. While the ban has been temporarily suspended under judicial review, PAAIA continues its efforts to oppose this discriminatory measure and therefore...
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