No. PAAIA is a nonprofit organization and is not affiliated with any government, political party, or political personality.
No. PAAIA is not affiliated with either the Islamic Republic of Iran or the U.S. government. PAAIA is an independent nonprofit organization focused on representing the interests of the Iranian American community in the U.S.
PAAIA, through its annual surveys of Iranian Americans, aggregates and provides access to scientific data and information on the community, including their views on the U.S.- Iran relations. Based on input from our constituency and surveys, PAAIA has in the past and may in the future address certain aspects of U.S. foreign policy towards Iran if and to the extent that such policies impact the Iranian American community.
PAAIA supports the rule of law, respect for human rights, and democratic government in all countries, including in Iran and believes that the future of Iran must and will be decided by the people of Iran.
In striving to become the leading source of accurate information about the Iranian American community, since 2008, PAAIA has commissioned scientific surveys of the Iranian American community as well as on American perceptions of Iranian Americans. The surveys are an integral component of better understanding the Iranian American community and having its voice heard through the availability of ongoing accurate scientific data. These invaluable surveys were the first of their kind and have been presented to the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of State, the media, and the general public to wide acclaim.
As Americans, we believe in the ideals and basic human rights that form the foundation upon which the United States stands: democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech and religion, popular sovereignty, tolerance, and free enterprise. We believe that people across the globe, including Iran, share these aspirations and that they should be allowed to fulfill them through democratic processes that include the right to select leaders who represent their best interests. PAAIA has in the past unequivocally condemned the killing of innocent civilians in Iran. However, PAAIA is not a human rights organization. Our advocacy activity is strictly focused on the U.S. process and issues.
As an organization that represents the interests of Iranian Americans, PAAIA seeks to protect Iranian Americans’ right to immunity from harassment and unlawful detention when traveling outside the United States, including Iran. As such, PAAIA continues to call on the authorities in Iran to safeguard the rights, safety, and security of all Iranian Americans traveling to or living in Iran.