New York City NIAC Fundraiser & Reception
New York: Help Strengthen Our Community's Voice on Capitol Hill!
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5:30pm
You've seen the news of Trump's latest Muslim ban and many of you have felt the effects of these actions. What started with the discriminatory Visa Waiver bill H.R. 158 in late 2015 has now evolved into a blanket ban on Iranians. Many in our community are fearful that their families will be torn apart. Others are worried about traveling at all.
Join us on Sunday, May 7 in New York City to help block and roll back Trump's ban on Iranians, block pro-war efforts, and protect our civil rights before it is too late.
A big thank you to our Host Committee members who have made this event possible: Maria Afsharian, Ariana Farahani, Nobar Golhar, Seyed Hosseini, Payman Jarrahy, David Nouvini and Alireza Shaibani.
Ruthie Epstein is is a legislative policy analyst in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office. She works on policy relating to the criminal justice and immigration systems. Prior to joining the ACLU, she worked for eight years at Human Rights First in New York City, covering asylum and international refugee protection issues as well as immigration detention. In 2012, she convened the five-part public event series “Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform to Immigration Detention,” in partnership with universities in Austin, Irvine (CA), Tempe (AZ), and New Orleans. She has also authored reports on the U.S. immigration detention system and the Iraqi refugee crisis. Ms. Epstein has been widely quoted in national and regional news outlets. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an award-winning author of two books, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US (Yale University Press, 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012). Treacherous Alliance won the Grawemeyer award and Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008 (Silver medallion). A Single Roll of the Dice was selected as The Best Book on The Middle East in 2012 by Foreign Affairs. Dr. Parsi is the President of the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council and has taught at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. He currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Jamal Abdi joined NIAC’s team following his work in the US Congress as Policy Advisor to Representative Brian Baird (D-WA). As one of a small number of Iranian Americans working on the Hill, he served as a Congressional advisor, liaison, and expert on foreign affairs, immigration, and defense. Prior to coming to DC, Abdi worked in his home state of Washington as a field organizer for national Congressional elections, coordinating and establishing grassroots campaign efforts in Seattle and Bellevue. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in Political Science with a focus on International Relations.
Jamal has written for The New York Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, The Hill, The Progressive and Public Service Europe, and blogs at The Huffington Post and at www.niacinsight.com. He is a frequent guest contributor in print, radio, and television, including appearances on Al Jazeera, RT America, NPR, BBC Radio, and VOA.