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.
- 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
- 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
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: Reuters, The 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: Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal
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
- 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
- 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
- NIAC leads the largest coalition of advocacy groups in Washington DC on US-Iran
- 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
- 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.