November 20, 2012, Washington, D.C. – The Asian Law Caucus, in collaboration with PAAIA and several other Iranian American organizations, released a report titled “Unintended Victims: The Impact of the Iran Sanctions on Iranian Americans.”
The report details various ways in which the US sanctions on Iran have had unintended negative consequences for the Iranian American community. The report found that not only do US sanctions on Iran affect a wide range of routine activity that recent immigrant communities, like the Iranian American community, must often engage in to assist or support family and friends, but there are also various factors impeding activity that is clearly permissible under the sanctions.
The intent of the report is not to advocate for or against a US sanctions policy towards Iran, but rather to highlight some of the unintended effects and to provide practical recommendations that the federal government can take to ensure that Iranian Americans are not unjustly and unintentionally burdened by the sanctions. This project was a joint venture between the Asian Law Caucus, the Iranian American Bar Association, the National Iranian American Council, and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans. It was written by Chrstina Sinha and Nasrina Bargzie of the Asian Law Caucus, with editorial assistance provided by the partner organizations.
The report complements PAAIA’s 2012 Iran Sanctions Report released earlier, which details past and current sanctions on Iran and the impact of those sanctions on both Iran and the Iranian American community. Both are good resources for Iranian Americans to obtain a full understanding of US sanctions on Iran, how they will be affected, and what their full rights are.
In addition, the Asian Law Caucus yesterday released an updated version of its Know Your Rights guide to the sanctions. The guide, which was originally published in May 2011, has been updated to reflect the numerous changes to the Iran Sanctions that have occurred since that date. The Asian Law Caucus hopes that this guide will provide useful information about applicable requirements to the community.
Click here to read the Asian Law Caucus Know Your Rights guide on Iran Sanctions.