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NIAC Condemns Deadly Shootings at Jewish Center

NIAC sends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of last night's shootings outside of Jewish community centers in Kansas City.

Banks Targeting Iranian Americans - What Are Your Rights?

We have heard from a number of people concerned about the increased scrutiny they have faced from US banks as a result of their Iranian citizenship. Learn why this is happening and what are your rights.

Bank of Hawaii Closes Bank Accounts for Iranians Living in U.S.

NIAC has called on Bank of Hawaii to reverse its discriminatory decision to terminate bank accounts held by Iranians in the U.S.

Sanctions Cut Off Online Courses for Iranians

The online education provider Coursera has announced that it was will no longer provide access to individuals in Iran, Sudan, and Cuba due to U.S. sanctions.

NIAC Applauds Investigation of Bank Discrimination Against Iranian Students

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights' (MDHR) will investigate charges of discrimination by TCF Bank against Iranian students whose university-linked bank accounts were terminated.

Minnesota Daily: University professors Close TCF Bank Accounts

A group of 14 professors sent a letter to TCF Bank protesting the bank's notice to close eight Iranian students' accounts and promised to move their direct deposit accounts in defiance of the bank's actions. All have done so. Students, faculty and organizations like NIAC spoke out after the Iranian students received account closure letters in late December without explanation.

As NASA's Ferdowsi Inspires, Iranian Visa Obstacles Should Be Cleared

As we celebrate our community's accomplishments in science and engineering fields, we must ensure that Iranians are not blocked from visa opportunities.

Iranian Students Hit by Sanctions on Schools, Banks

Iranian students are facing new obstacles to pay for college tuition and even to enroll in universities in the U.S. and Europe due to increasingly broad sanctions.

Minnesota Public Radio: TCF Bank Notifies Iranian Students of Account Closures

NIAC's Jamal Abdi said, "A bank, under the Civil Rights Act, under these laws -- they're not supposed to be discriminating against people based on their national origin." Abdi said it is the first time he has heard of an American bank systematically closing so many Iranian accounts at once.

Star Tribune: TCF Bank's Closing of Iranian Students' Accounts is Questioned

"The pattern we're seeing is private companies judging that it's not in their interest to do any business that is any way related to Iran," said NIAC's Jamal Abdi. "This over-enforcement or mis-enforcement of the sanctions is actually leading to discrimination."

NIAC Member Survey Shows Growing Concern about War and Sanctions

Concern about war with Iran has only intensified since our last member survey, and our members overwhelmingly chose to keep preventing war as NIAC's top priority.

Bloomberg: Iranians Denied U.S. Visas Hit by Political Crossfire

Visa applicants from Iran warrant special attention if their academic pursuit appears on a U.S government list of "critical fields" used in developing weapons of mass destruction. Consular officers "are erring on the side of caution, maybe if they have an inkling of a doubt," said NIAC's Reza Marashi.

NIAC Condemns Anti-Semitic Speech by Iranian VP

Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi's anti-Semitic comments are disgraceful and appalling. His remarks do not reflect in any way the views of the Iranian people, who reject such poisonous bigotry.

Letter to Apple from Coalition of Iranian American and Civil Liberties Organization

NIAC and a coalition of Iranian-American and civil rights organizations sent a letter to Apple demanding that the company investigate alleged discrimination, train its staff to enforce a non-discriminatory policy, and issue an apology.

Al Jazeera: Apple, Iran Sanctions, and Discrimination

What is behind the recent incidents of Apple employees discriminating against Iranian Americans and Iranians in the U.S. by blocking them from purchasing Apple products? NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi tells Al Jazeera it stems from the ambiguity of overly broad sanctions.

Apple, Iran Sanctions and You: What You Need to Know

Media reports about Apple stores refusing to sell iPhones and iPads to Iranian Americans and Iranian visa holders have been causing quite a stir. But how sanctions on Iran can affect Iranian Americans are less understood.

International Business Times: NIAC Says Workers "Engaging In Racial Profiling"

On Wednesday, NIAC published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook decrying the actions of the Apple Store employees. "The Iranian-American community is deeply concerned and outraged that Apple employees at different Apple Stores have repeatedly refused to sell products to customers solely on the basis of their Persian ethnicity," the letter from NIAC President Dr. Trita Parsi said.

Tell Apple's CEO to Stop Discriminating Against Iranian Americans

In some Apple stores, speaking Persian means you can't buy their products. Tell Apple to put a stop to this discrimination by sending a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook today!

NIAC Calls on Apple and US Government to End Sanctions Discrimination

NIAC calls on Apple to take immediate steps to ensure its policies do not discriminate against Iranian Americans and Iranians in the U.S. and on the U.S. government to take the necessary steps to ensure sanctions do not continue to be misapplied or over-enforced.

NIAC Calls For Texas Restaurant to Take Down Anti-Iranian Hate Poster

NIAC deplores the racist and violent depiction of what is supposed to be a group of cowboys donning "Iranians Sucks" t-shirts while lynching an Iranian on a poster at a restaurant in Katy, Texas.

Iranian Students in U.S. Organize to Turn Visa Nightmare into Dream Come True

Powered by Skype and other tools, Iranian students from across the U.S. created a new group, MEVISA, dedicated to changing the single-entry visa policy.

Building on the Student Visa Victory: the Work and Opportunities Ahead

The Iranian student visa fix is a profound example of how, in the absence of sweeping solutions in U.S.-Iran policy, there remain seemingly small but immensely important steps the U.S. can take to build goodwill with the Iranian people.

Obama Fixes Visa Policy for Iranian Students

NIAC applauds the Obama Administration's decision to repeal the Single-Entry Visa policy for Iranian students. The decision will expand opportunities for Iranians to study in the US at a time when record numbers of Iranian youth seek to escape repression in Iran.

Urge Obama to Fix the Single-Entry Visa Policy for Iranian Students Once and For All

Our call for the U.S. to fix the Single-Entry visa policy is gaining ground. Take action now to build on this momentum so that Iranian students in the U.S. are no longer prevented from visiting their family, attending academic conferences, or leaving the country without losing their visa.

California Democrats Endorse Iranian Student Visa Fix, Human Rights

The California Democratic Party voted overwhelmingly to build bridges between the American and Iranian peoples and to express its support for the nonviolent human rights and democracy movement in Iran at its annual convention in Sacramento this weekend.

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