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NIAC's Accomplishments

Since its inception in 2002, NIAC has grown to become the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization in the country, with supporters in all 50 states.

NIAC is a household name on Capitol Hill and has emerged as a trusted source on US-Iran relations and the Iranian-American viewpoint.  NIAC is regularly quoted in premier media outlets as an authority on affairs related to the Iranian-American community, including US-Iran relations.  NIAC often teams up with groups like the New America Foundation and Amnesty International to discuss issues like the diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran, the deteriorating human rights situation inside Iran and the Iranian nuclear program. 

Accomplishments:

Preventing War
  • Blocked a Congressional resolution green-lighting Israeli strikes on Iran.  More Information

 

Supporting Human Rights
  • Advanced the first targeted measures against Iranian government officials responsible for human rights abuses.  More Information 
  • Ensured human rights were on the agenda when the U.S. began talks with Iran in October 2009.  More Information 
  • Spurred President Obama to condemn the Iranian government's brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrators after Iran's disputed election, while refraining from endorsing any political faction.  More Information

Lifting Broad Sanctions
  • Led the successful campaign to lift sanctions that blocked humanitarian organizations from providing disaster relief and other services to meet basic human needs of Iranians. More Information | Press coverage: ReutersThe New York Times
  • Successfully advocated for the lifting of sanctions on communications technologies that will help Iranians connect with each other and the outside world, including hardware like laptops and mobile phones, services like virtual private networks (VPNs), and anti-malware software. (2013) More Information | Press coverage: BloombergBBCReutersThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal
  • Helped remove sanctions on vital online communication tools like MSN Messenger, Facebook, and YouTube to ensure the free flow of information in Iran. (2009)  More Information | Press coverage: Politico

 

Opposing Discrimination
  • Effectively opposed and stopped legislation that would bar every Iranian from entering the United States.  More Information | Press coverage: Alternet
  • Compelled a retraction from Rep. Jane Harman for her statement regarding the "separation" of Iran's ethnic groups.  More Information 
  • Ended Monster.com's discrimination against Iranian Americans. More Information 
  • Elicited an apology from MSNBC's Don Imus for a derogatory comment about an Iranian airliner crash that killed 43 passengers. More Information

 

Promoting Our Heritage and Community
  • Corrected the National Geographic Society's 8th edition maps to read "Persian Gulf" instead of "Arabian Gulf." More Information
  • Published the first-ever Census of the Iranian-American community.  More Information

 

Ongoing Work:

  • NIAC leads the largest coalition of advocacy groups in Washington DC on US-Iran related issues.
  • NIAC regularly hosts briefings on Capitol Hill for congressional staffers on areas of interest to the Iranian-American community. Some of our past briefings have focused on Iran's parliamentary elections, Iran's nuclear program, Iran's role in Iraq, and more. 
  • NIAC defends Iranian-American interests against corporate and media bias and governmental neglect.
  • NIAC monitors, influences, and shapes national legislation affecting Iranian Americans.
  • NIAC trains Iranian Americans through civic participation at dozens of workshops across the United Sates, strengthening future generations.
  • NIAC gives our youth a helping hand through office internships and the NIAC Public Service and Journalism Fellowship and has supported youth-related efforts such as Iranian Alliances Across Borders' Camp Ayandeh leadership program.