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Senate Banking Committee Passes New Iran Sanctions Bill
January 30, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) recently introduced legislation that would trigger new sanctions against Iran if an agreement is not reached on its nuclear program. The bipartisan bill, entitled the "Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 (S. 269)," has a total of thirty-three cosponsors and was marked up by the Senate Banking Committee on January 29, 2015 by a margin of 18-4.
Less Than Four Days to Make Sure Iranian Americans Are Counted
January 30, 2015, Washington, D.C. - In October of 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will test a new Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) ethnic category as part of its mid-decade research for possible inclusion in the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is now soliciting public comments on the MENA question.
UPDATES: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center
January 30, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1.
Councilwoman Anna Kaplan Announces Bid for Re-election
January 29, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Councilwoman Anna "Monahemi" Kaplan - representative for the 4th District Town of North Hempstead, New York - has announced her plans to run for re-election in November 2015.
Senate Resolution Supporting Nuclear Negotiations with Iran
January 28, 2015, Washington D.C. - On January 26, 2015, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a non-binding resolution supporting the diplomatic efforts between the P5+1 and Iran to reach an agreement that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Obama Calls Pastor Saeed Abedini's Release a "Top Priority"
January 28, 2015, Washington D.C. - Last Wednesday, President Obama met with the wife of imprisoned Iranian American Pastor Saeed Abedini preceding his appearance at Boise State University. During the meeting, President Obama described the release of Abedini as a "top priority" for the United States.
UPDATE: Less Than Two Weeks Left to Make Sure Iranian Americans Are Counted
January 22, 2015, Washington, D.C. - In October of 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will test a new Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) ethnic category as part of its mid-decade research for possible inclusion in the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is now soliciting public comments on the MENA category.
UPDATE: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center
January 16, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1.
Maryam Banikarim Recognized by Fortune Magazine for Her Move to Hyatt Hotels
January 15, 2015, Washington D.C. - Iranian American Maryam Banikarim was recently highlighted in Fortune Magazine online after accepting the position of Chief Marketing Officer with Hyatt Hotels.
Update: Jason Rezaian Indicted by Iranian Court
January 15, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American journalist who has been detained in Iran since July 2014, is reported to have been indicted this week, and will stand trial for crimes which are still unknown.
PAAIA Announces 2015 Public Policy Advisors
PAAIA is pleased to announce that Collin Anderson, Andy Halataei, and Maryam Mujica have joined PAAIA's cadre of Public Policy Advisors.
Make Sure Iranian Americans Are Counted
January 7, 2015, Washington, D.C. - In October of 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will test a new Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) ethnic category as part of its mid-decade research for possible inclusion in the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is now soliciting public comments in the Federal Register on the MENA category.
Fellow Marines Join Amir Hekmati in Hunger Strike
December 23, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Amir Hekmati, an Iranian American and U.S. Marine veteran who has been detained in Iran since 2011, began a hunger strike last week to protest the injustice of his detention in Iran that has dragged on for more than three years. He is joined by a group of fellow Marine veterans who are participating in the hunger strike in solidarity with Hekmati.
Shabnam Rezaei Recognized by Forbes for Entrepreneurial Success
December 19, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Iranian American Shabnam Rezaei was recently featured in Forbes online magazine for her entrepreneurial vision in creating educational entertainment for bilingual children.
Pardis Sabeti and Team of Ebola Fighters Recognized by TIME as 2014 Person of the Year
December 17, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Iranian American and award-winning computational geneticist at Harvard University, Pardis Sabeti, along with other Ebola fighters, were named TIME magazine's 2014 Person of the Year. The Ebola fighters were chosen for their bravery and stepping-up during a time when many others were reluctant to do so.
2014 Accomplishments
December 15, 2014, Washington, D.C. - 2014 was a pivotal year for PAAIA. In May, after much soul-searching and careful deliberation, PAAIA's Board of Directors - taking into account PAAIA's more seasoned stage of development, the evolving needs of the community, and the nature of U.S.-Iran relations - decided to refocus its efforts from community, image, and influence building to bridge-building, influence-building, and leadership-building.
PAAIA Launches Resource Page for P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations
December 10, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today announced the launch of a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany).
Update: Jason Rezaian Charged in Iran
December 8, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American journalist who has been detained in Iran since July 2014, is reported to have been officially charged by a Tehran court for crimes that are still unknown.
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Holds Hearing on Next Steps to Achieve a Comprehensive Deal
December 5, 2014, Washington D.C. - On December 3, 2014, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, chaired by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), held a congressional hearing to discuss the next steps to achieve a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran in light of the November 24th extension.
U.S. National Security Experts Support Extension of Nuclear Negotiations with Iran
December 4, 2014, Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of 43 senior security experts, intelligence officials, former diplomatic and military leaders, and policymakers issued a statement on November 26th in support of the decision extending the time period for nuclear negotiations with Iran and encouraging Congress to refrain from enacting additional sanctions now.
Ramin Toloui Confirmed as Treasury's Assistant Secretary for International Finance
November 25, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) would like to congratulate Iranian American Ramin Toloui for his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for International Finance.

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