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.

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.

Communication and respect are integral to advancing human rights, building economic opportunities, and cultivating a world where Americans and Iranians can work together on areas of mutual interest for the betterment of both nations and the world.

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.

Immigrants are what makes America great and are the cornerstone of the inclusivity, justice, and equality necessary to keep the American dream alive.

Related actions

Expedite Iranian Visas

One of the most important things the US can do amid the protest movement is help get people out of Iran whose lives are at risk, by granting them a visa or refugee status. Take action to call for expedited visas for Iranians seeking safety.


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.

Our civil rights should never be sublimated in the name of politics or security. Only by holding our government accountable to their civil rights obligations can we protect those rights for future generations and credibly speak out in support of human rights globally.

Related actions

Justice for Bijan Ghaisar

We demand justice for Bijan Ghaisar, who was killed by two U.S. Park Police Officers in November 2017. We demand justice and accountability for Bijan, and demand the officers responsible are fired.


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.

As an American organization, NIAC does not have a role to play in the domestic affairs of Iran. But we do have an obligation to support international human rights standards to which the U.S. and Iran are party.

NIAC’s work on human rights has included helping establish a UN Human Rights Monitor on Iran, securing targeted human rights sanctions against abusers, and lifting US sanctions on communications technology and humanitarian work inside Iran

Related actions

Tweet @ Big Tech for Internet Freedom

Tech companies should make all their products available so ordinary Iranians can access and operate virtual private networks and other tools that allow them to communicate freely in spite of government censorship. Take action by sending a tweet today!


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.

Our heritage provides us common ground to grow as a community and support one another as we trailblaze in the U.S. From artists and activists to civic leaders and entrepreneurs, Iranian-Americans have made an undeniably positive impact on the fabric of American society. NIAC is proud to work alongside so many of these individuals dedicated to lifting-up our community and contributing to the advancement of the country we call home. Community reminds us of the deeper meaning of our work and why we protect our heritage with such care.

Related actions

Iranian Americans Celebrate LGBT Pride

NIAC invites all of you—LGBTQ+ individuals and allies—to share YOUR stories as part of our #IAPride campaign.


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.

By providing civic education, engaging our community in the policymaking and electoral processes, and organizing our resources through grassroots activism and political giving, NIAC is building a future in which our community’s values and interests are represented in Washington and felt across the country and globe.

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