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Meet Amir Afkhami: Former Policy Advisor to Senator Stabenow and Board-Certified Psychiatrist
October 24, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Amir Afkhami is demonstrating how Iranian Americans are now, more than ever, engaging in the legislative process at the national level. Afkhami, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, served as a legislative policy advisor to Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) from 2013-2014, where his collaborative efforts led to the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act.
Pardis Sabeti Creates a Music Video to Honor Victims of Ebola
October 22, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Iranian American and award-winning computational geneticist at Harvard, Pardis Sabeti, recently released an uplifting music video honoring the victims of the Ebola virus.
U.S. Census Bureau to Test Middle Eastern or North African Category for the 2020 Census
October 20, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will test a new distinct category for respondents of Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) heritage as part of its mid-decade research.
Seattle Times Endorses Cyrus Habib for Washington State Senate
October 15, 2014, Seattle, WA - The Seattle Times, the largest daily newspaper in Washington State, has endorsed the candidacy of State Representative Cyrus Habib for Washington State Senate.
PAAIA's Director of Government Affairs Invited to Serve as Member of U.S. Census National Advisory Committee
October 9, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On October 2, 2014, PAAIA'S Director of Government Affairs and Policy, Morad Ghorban, was invited to serve as a member of the U.S. Census Bureau National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations.
Congress Holds Hearing on Iranian American Marine Held in Mexican Custody
October 8, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On October 1, 2014, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere held a hearing to examine the case of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, an Iranian American Marine and Afghanistan combat veteran, who has been held in Mexican custody since April 2014.
Coalition Contacts President Obama in Support of Judge Tabaddor's Suit Against the Department of Justice
October 8, 2014, Washington, D.C. - This week, the Public Affairs Alliance (PAAIA), along with 30 Years After, the Arab American Institute, the Armenian National Committee of America, and the PARS Equality Center sent a letter to President Obama in support of Judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor and her recently filed suit against the United States Department of Justice.
Amir Hekmati's Father Pleas for Release of Son in Video Message
September 30, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Last week the family of Amir Hekmati released a video message pleading for his immediate release. Hekmati, an Iranian American and former U.S. Marine, has been detained in Iran for the past three years.
Yahoo! Restores Email Access to Iranian Users
September 26, 2014 Washington, D.C. - Yahoo! has recently restored Yahoo! email and messaging services to millions of Iranians who have been barred from account registration for the past year.
Congressional Roundup - September 8-18
Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a roundup on the status of the legislation.
Iranian Americans Come Together to Celebrate and Support Cyrus Habib for Washington State Senate
September 18, 2014, New York, NY - A number of PAAIA members and affiliated Iranian Americans gathered on Tuesday to celebrate and raise funds for Cyrus Habib, a member of Washington state's house who is running for state senate.
PAAIA Co-Sponsors Panel on U.S. Strategy in the Middle East at Carnegie Endowment
September 12, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On Friday September 12th, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in co-sponsorship with PAAIA, held a successful, standing-room only panel entitled The Middle East in Turmoil: Can it Recover?, which included a discussion on viable strategies to overcome the current setbacks facing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
Rep. Wolf Introduces AUMF Bill of Concern to the Iranian American Community
September 11, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), one of Congress' leading advocates for human rights, this week introduced new legislation in the House that would authorize the use of military action against international terrorism.
Noor Iranian Film Festival Launches Indiegogo Campaign
September 5, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF) has recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds in order to make the festival self-sustaining.
Kerry Calls for the Release of Americans Detained in Iran
September 3, 2014, Washington, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement last week on the three-year anniversary of Iranian American Amir Hekmati's detention in Iran, calling for the release of Hekmati as well as Iranian Americans Saeed Abedini and Jason Rezaian.
Meet Dr. Nikan Khatibi: Statewide Chair of Healthcare Professionals Coalition, Neel Kashkari for California Governor
September 2, 2014, Laguna Niguel, CA - Over the past few years, Iranian Americans have assumed active and integral roles in various political campaigns around the country.
PAAIA Congratulates Maryam Mirzakhani on Becoming First Woman to Receive the Fields Medal
August 13, 2014, Washington, D.C. - PAAIA congratulates Maryam Mirzakhani on becoming the first woman to receive a Fields Medal, often considered to be mathematics' equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Judge Ashley Tabaddor Files Suit against Department of Justice for Violating First Amendment and Civil Rights Act of 1964
August 12, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) was today informed of a suit filed against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) by Judge Ashley Tabaddor, an immigration judge for the U.S. Immigration Court.
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PAAIA Congratulates Cyrus Habib on Impressive Primary Win
August 7, 2014, Seattle, WA - Washington State Representative Cyrus Habib claimed victory in last Tuesday's primary election for the 48th Senate District of Washington State.
"The Persian Book in Pre-Modern Turkey"
Make sure not to miss this amazing lecture on Wednesday, August 13th with Dr. Ahmet Karamustafa of the University of Maryland.
Congressional Roundup
August 1, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a roundup on the status of the legislation.
Iran vs. USA Men's Volleyball Coming to Southern California
August 1, 2014, Washington, D.C. - In less than two weeks, the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team will host Iran for four matches at sites around Southern California.
UPDATE: Jason Rezaian and Others Detained in Iran
August 1, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Jason Rezaian, his wife Yeganeh Salehi, and an unidentified freelance photographer have been detained in an unknown location in Iran since July 22.
Congress Holds Hearings on Status of Iran Nuclear Negotiations
July 31, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, July 29th, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Committee of Foreign Affairs held respective hearings on the status of the P5+1 negotiations related to Iran's nuclear program.
U.S. State Department Releases Fact Sheet on Extension of Joint Plan of Action between Iran and P5+1
July 31, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On July22, the State Department released a fact sheet summarizing the implementations and extension of the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 countries.
Congressional Roundup
July 25, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a round-up on the status of the legislation.
PAAIA Concerned About Detention of Jason Rezaian and Others in Iran
July 25, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American journalist, is reported to have been detained in Iran along with his wife and two other Iranian American journalists for undetermined reasons this week.
Iran and P5+1 Talks Extended an Additional Four Months
July 22, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Following negotiations between members of the P5+1 and representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) in Vienna, the Obama Administration stated Friday that talks will be extended four months past the July 20th deadline of the initial agreement.
Indications that Iran and P5+1 Talks Will Be Extended
July 18, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Following negotiations between members of the P5+1 and representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) in Vienna, the Obama Administration has indicated that talks will be extended as the July 20th deadline of the initial agreement approaches.
Congressional Roundup
July 18, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a round-up on the status of the legislation.
Cyrus Habib's Campaign for State Senate Gains Traction
July 18, 2014, washington, D.C. - State Representative Cyrus Habib's campaign for Washington State Senate continues to gain momentum with a recent Municipal League endorsement rating of outstanding, the highest rating the organization grants to candidates.
Iranian American and Santa Monica Leader Announces Bid for the Board of Education
July 18, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Richard Amir Tahvildaran-Jesswein, an educator and community leader, is seeking a seat on Board of Education for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
"The Printing Press as an Agent of Tradition in Iran"
Make sure not to miss this amazing lecture on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 with Dr. Ulrich Marzolph of the University of Goettingen, Germany.
Reports Highlight Possible U.S. Options for Iran Sanctions Relief Under Nuclear Agreement
July 17, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The November 24, 2013 Joint Plan of Action (JPA) between Iran and the P5+1 countries- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China- promises Iran comprehensive international sanctions relief if a final agreement is reached over its nuclear program.
PAAIA NY Private Art Reception and Tour
Please join us on Friday, July 18, 2014 for a private cocktail reception and tour of the two current exhibitions at the Taymour Grahne Gallery, the "Fixed Unknowns" curated by Ava Ansari and Molly Kleiman and "Didn't Start The Fire" curated by Nadia Ayari.
Congressional Roundup
July 11, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a roundup on the status of the legislation.
"Librarians, Patrons and Poets: The Personal Dimension of Persian Manuscripts"
Make sure not to miss this amazing lecture on Wednesday, July 10, 2014 with Dr. Amy Landau, the Associate Curator of Islamic and South Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum.
Congressional Round Up
July 2, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a roundup on the status of the legislation.
Meet Sheila Irani: Candidate for Los Angeles City Council, District 4
July 1, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Sheila Irani, an entrepreneur in Lake Hollywood, recently announced her candidacy to represent District Four of the Los Angeles City Council.
Congressional Roundup
June 27, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a roundup on the status of the legislation.
The Hill: Time for US diplomatic presence in Iran?
June 26, 2014 - Last week, Great Britain announced plans to re-open its embassy in Tehran, which has been closed since 2011. As the U.S. and its allies hold discussions with Iran over its nuclear program and options to stabilize Iraq, Washington should reconsider opening a limited diplomatic post in Iran that would allow it to capitalize on strategic interests in the region.
Iranian Americans Come Together to Support Cyrus Habib for State Senate
June 20, 2014, Washington, D.C. - On June 5, 2014, PAAIA members and friends from the Washington, D.C. area gathered at the home of Robert Babayi in honor of State Representative Cyrus Habib and in support of his campaign for Washington State Senate.
Congressional Roundup
June 20, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community.
2014 National Survey of Iranian Americans Shows Diverse Community
June 20, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Last month, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) released its 2014 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans, the sixth such survey PAAIA has commissioned since its creation in 2008.
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