Areas of Work

From being the trusted voice on U.S.- Iran relations, to pushing forth legislation that protects individuals of Iranian heritage from systematic discrimination, to celebrating our cultural heritage, NIAC creates a lasting impact in the lives of the members of our community.

Advancing Peace & Diplomacy

An empowered Iranian-American community can advance policies that build precedent-setting infrastructures that incentivize peace and diplomacy, not only between the U.S. and Iran, but across the global stage.  Read more ›

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Advocating for Equitable Immigration

Ensuring that Iranians have the same opportunities as other nationals to make the U.S. their home can only make our country greater.  Read more ›

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Protecting Civil Rights

America’s founders enshrined the inalienable rights of all people in our Constitution and Americans have fought for generations to secure and protect those rights.  Read more ›

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Spotlighting Human Rights

Raising up the struggles faced by Iranian human rights defenders and holding the Iranian government to international human rights standards is essential to building a future in which the U.S. and Iran enjoy positive relations. NIAC consistently condemns human rights violations by Iran’s government and calls for all prisoners of conscience to be released.  Read more ›

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Celebrating Community & Culture

NIAC takes immense pride in the rich tapestry that makes up the Iranian-American community and culture. Our heritage provides us common ground to grow as a community as we trailblaze in the U.S.  Read more ›

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Building Political Power

NIAC works to build political power so that Iranian Americans and our allies have influence on the decisions made by our government and can advance our values through civic and political engagement.  Read more ›

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Your contribution to NIAC helps support our work to champion priorities of the Iranian-American community.

NIAC is funded by the Iranian-American community and prominent American foundations. NIAC does not receive funds from the United States government nor from the Iranian government.

Contributions made to NIAC are 100% tax-deductible. Contributions made to NIAC Action are not tax-deductible.

Press Room

NIAC Applauds Committee Passage of NO BAN Act

Trump has created a recent and dangerous precedent for any President to ram through discriminatory immigration policies based in bigotry. It is up to Congress to reverse that dangerous precedent and safeguard targeted communities by passing the NO BAN Act.

NIAC Urges Reconsideration of Turing Award to Professor with History of Anti-Iranian Xenophobia

NIAC is deeply disappointed to learn this prestigious award has gone to someone with a public record of xenophobic comments against Iranians and who has openly bragged that he would abuse the power of his position to discriminate against Iranian students. We have heard from many Iranian Americans in tech who are appalled that ACM would convey this honor and provide this platform to someone who has so blatantly sought to demonize our community and heritage.

Labor Rights Activist Jafar Azimzadeh Released from Prison

The Center for Human Rights in Iran reported this week that well-known Iranian labor rights activist, Jafar Azimzadeh, was released from prison on April 10th. While the picture of Azimzadeh freed and in his home is welcome news, many labor activists and political prisoners continue to suffer in Iranian prisons. A prominent member of the Free Union of Iranian Workers, Azimzadeh has led the struggle of Iranian workers in their right to organize, and to stress improved labor conditions, fair pay, as well as safety in the workplace.

Siamak Namazi Has Spent Over 2,000 Days Imprisoned in Iran

The Namazi family issued another statement on April 3rd to mark 2,000 days that Siamak has spent, and continues to spend, in an Iranian prison. Not only has Siamak suffered the loss of his freedom and separation from his loved ones without cause—a painful injustice—he has also endured inhumane treatment, solitary confinement, and physical and psychological torment. Human rights advocates, U.S. officials, and American civil society organizations shared their support for the Namazi family on the terrible occasion and called for the release of Siamak Namazi and the rightful return of father and son home to the United States. Others whose unjust imprisonment overlapped with Siamak’s added their support, including Jason Rezaian and Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert who said Siamak’s release must be a priority of the Biden administration.

Rouhani Voices Support for Talks with the U.S.

This week, President Rouhani voiced support for negotiations with the U.S. and a speedy return to the JCPOA. Meanwhile, the Natanz nuclear facility was hit by a new act of sabotage, spurring talk about security lapses and the impact of the damage. The EU also imposed new human rights sanctions on Iranian individuals and institutions.

Diplomatic Progress Towards a JCPOA Return

This week, diplomats from Iran and the U.S. convened in Vienna and hopeful signs emerged that each side is moving towards returning to JCPOA compliance. In Iran, COVID-19 deaths are on the rise again and Rouhani blames sanctions for obstructing vaccine procurement. Meanwhile, an Iranian ship was attacked in the Red Sea, while officials are set to unveil new nuclear advances.